Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
01-17-2012 05:25:12 | More by bmwats
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
01-15-2012 22:37:21 | More by nataku00
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
12-16-2011 20:24:55 | More by jmarsh123
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Got in a trade from Texasfan549. Thanks!
Poured it into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Left a large amount of rich, tan head, with a hint of orange coloring. It slowly settled into hills and valleys of foam. I like it already.
Smell: Smell the oats right away, with some dark chocolate and toffee sweetness.
Taste: Very roasty. It tastes more like coffee than chocolate, with a little bitterness of the finish. Not sure if that is from the hops or from acidity.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick- what i"m looking for in an oatmeal stout. I like that texture.
Overall: A decent oatmeal stout with high ABV. I don't like it as much as lower ABV Summit, or higher ABV Southern Tier Oat. I'd enjoy it in Texas, but not sure if I'd want to seek it out again. Great to try!
12-15-2011 00:47:54 | More by accordselux
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
My first Texas beer! Got this one as an extra in a recent trade with jenray. Poured into my NB Globe.
A - Pours pitch black with a small one finger tall tan head leaving minimal lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of rich coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and a touch of booze. Not overly complex yet enjoyable none the less.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roast and coffee grounds that linger throughout the sip. Some chocolatey sweetness creeps in after the roast dies down a touch but it doesn't stick around for very long. Finish is pretty roasty with a small alcohol burn.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, roasty, feel that clings to the pallet after each sip.
O - Not too bad. It was fairly well balanced and easy to drink. This one really hit the spot on a cold night like tonight.
12-14-2011 04:24:54 | More by orangesol
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-14-2011 02:13:00 | More by kemoarps
3.33/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
12-08-2011 00:57:00 | More by shivtim
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.
Appearance - Pretty dark body with a substantial khaki head on. Almost overflowed my glass. Retention is phenomenal. Lacing is decent.
Smell - Sweet caramel smell first, followed by a chocolate roasted malt aroma. Not a strong smell and not really stout-smelling.
Taste - Very oatmeal-forward. So much oatmeal that a lot of the stout characteristics are lost. Nevertheless, there's a hint of coffee at the start and some milk chocolate in the middle. Lots of oatmeal in the finish and a hefty bitterness as well.
Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste as thick or heavy as I'd expect from 8.5%. High in carbonation, too. Really, it feels too light as a result. Bitter finish is never my favorite in a stout like this, either.
Overall - It's certainly not bad. I am enjoying it, but I wouldn't say it's anything special. The same stout that your local brewery is making right now.
12-05-2011 02:01:22 | More by Alieniloquium
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.