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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Jspriest, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

a77cj7, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Quite the stunning pour, Convict Hill pours with an oily, jet-black body into the glass--near opaque and sporting a sizable crown of dark tan head. The bubbles slowly retreat to a sticky ring of foam that clings to the tulip's edge. Aroma's no slouch, either. Rich oatiness adds a hint of vanilla, while a solid malt backing provides milk chocolate and espresso. Notes of raisin and other dark fruits in the background balance with a touch of earthy hops.

Roasty, dark coffee notes blend with Baker's chocolate and a grainy oat note. Mocha bitterness lingers into the finish and clashes with the hops nicely. Alcohol is well-hidden until the very end (plus that familiar warming sensation below). Mouthfeel is velvety smooth at first, but the carbonation picks up mid-sip to add a bit of kick to the finish. The medium-thick body is near perfect in consistency: luxurious on the palate, but never too heavy. This stuff is really good--maybe even better than on-tap, which is a rarity. Independence had never really impressed me until I tried this beer almost a year ago. I just might have to start revisiting some of their other bottled selections, because Convict Hill is one excellent Oatmeal Stout.

wagenvolks, May 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jpd7374, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Redrover
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!!

Redrover, Feb 12, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

beergorrilla, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of atsprings
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.

atsprings, Sep 20, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

zonker17, May 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

JohnBender, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
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

RonaldTheriot, May 10, 2013
Photo of JayQue
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.

JayQue, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

ktrillionaire, Jul 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
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 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
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
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!

jaasen64, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of bmwats
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.

bmwats, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good, black body with an excellently thick brown head.

Aroma hits you with chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, and caramel. There is a soft, grass like hop nose.

The taste is a rich, chocolate-y delight. Rich and complex with noir goodness. Bitter-sweet chocolate sweetness blends nicely with a medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a slightly sweet finish.

This is a well-made stout. Rich and delicious. Nicely balanced across the board. Worth the effort to find some.

Thanks to Tim from Houston for adding this into the beer trade...

beergoot, Mar 01, 2012
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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.

AleWatcher, Aug 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Dave_Treat, Nov 12, 2014
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.