Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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!
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2013 17:51:16 | More by beerdrifter
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A – This is just some pitch black goo, with almost no light let into the body at all. The head is a frothy wheat toast, albeit it is somewhat limited with only about a finger of height, though it does appear rather sticky—and this is proven by the goodly amount of lacing it leaves down the sides of my glass. Looks like a good brew right here.
S – Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a sugary sweetness as well. Smells pretty good, though I’m a little disappointed. This doesn’t really have the typical smells of a good oatmeal stout. We shall see though.
T – But you know what, I have immediately eaten my words. This tastes great. I’m utterly partial to oatmeal stouts which doesn’t help and unbiased rating, but this does taste rather delicious. A lot of dark chocolate, you can definitely taste the burnt malt as well though, giving it a kind of cool interplay between bitter and sweetness that results in a rather fine beer. Not outstanding flavor, but still very good and very well crafted.
M – The mouthfeel is just about spot on, very close to what I hope for from any stout. The body is closer to full than medium, but it is still a little bit on the light side which is the only thing keep this mouthfeel from being perfect. Otherwise, just the right amount of carbonation (not much, which is consistent with a good stout), smooth if somewhat caustic on the taste buds. Nice mouthfeel.
O – I do recommend this little lady. I mean, if you are staring at Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout and this, obviously side with the former, but this is definitely worth a try. It is a very good oatmeal stout and deserves recognition as such. Job well done…After all this I JUST saw that it is a 9.2% ABV beer. What? This is incredibly well disguised. That’s going to get a good .5 added to the flavor for sure. Nice job indeed.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2013 05:33:08 | More by KKB
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A: poured the very typical stout black color and mocha head. The nice thing about this one was that the head never totally dissipated, but instead maintained about a 1/4" thickness and stuck to the glass going down. Looked great for the whole drinking experience.
S: nothing overly aromatic that I felt worth noting. And not to take anything away from the beer as it was what I expected from a stout. Perhaps a bit of oat smells along with the typical roasted smells.
T: This is where this stout really excelled. For a high ABV beer you could not taste the alcohol or bite at all. The perfect amount of sweetness, but different that a milk stout. Like most stouts the tastes were great after about 15minutes of pouring and warming just a bit. Like others have noted, lots of chocolate - very consistent chocolate flavors. Also some very smooth coffee flavors - not bitter or dark roasted bite either. And at the end you get the oatmeal flavors. I kept finding myself wanting to leave it in my mouth to let the flavors last.
M: really good here. Just the right amount of viscosity and the fact that the head stayed with it only added to it. Also, the carbonation was spot on - better than most stouts.
O: one of my favorite stouts. Nice bold flavors and great when it is cold outside. Perhaps the only negative was there appeared to be some sediment at the bottom of the glass when I got to the end. After I drank the first bottle I left a few swigs in the 2nd glass because I didn't want the sediment. It made the last drink a bit strong and bitter.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2012 16:31:44 | More by 94Sip
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.