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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 19
Gots: 54 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009)
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Photo of schoun
4/5  rDev +1.5%

schoun, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ThirstyInAustin
5/5  rDev +26.9%

ThirstyInAustin, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of texasMade281
4/5  rDev +1.5%

texasMade281, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ChaseTheAce, Feb 15, 2012
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
Photo of DimeBox
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

DimeBox, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of bundy462
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night with a frothy head.

S: Chocolate, oats, a syrupy sweetness, hops fighting through.

T: Chocolate and sweet up front. A surprising amount of hops throughout and in the finish considering the style.

M: Thick but smooth.

O: Good stout, not the best or worst of the style that I've had.

bundy462, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of imasloth
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black with brownish/mocha head which is sizable and remains for some time.

S- Cofee, chocolate and malt, the malt smell increasing as the beer warms.

T- Opens with a chocolatey taste, followed by a coffee/malt mix into a slightly alcohol-tasting finish.

M- Very smooth, especially for such a high alcohol content. Slightly dry finish.

O- Delicious. One of my favorites of the type.

imasloth, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +1.5%

mhenson42, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of bonkers
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.

bonkers, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JAHMUR, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of readbaron
4/5  rDev +1.5%

readbaron, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

kew, Jan 20, 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
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

GreatBloomer, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

nataku00, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

videofrog, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

DoctorB2B, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Gonzoillini, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

drummermattie02, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
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.

jmarsh123, Dec 16, 2011
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.