Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Got this as an extra in a trade a while back and cant recall from who. Sorry.
A – Pours fairly thin and is jet black. As the pour finished it produced a nice thin dark beige head that quickly faded, receding to the sides of the glass. No real retention or lace to speak of.
S – The aroma is fairly mild with coffee, sweet milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted oat and malts all present. There is a slight sweet smell that is a bit caramel and vanilla.
T – The taste really follows the nose. Fairly sweet with very prominent roasted malts and oats. There is also a very strong coffee flavor that is bitter up front but finishes fairly sweet with falvors of caramel, molases and brown sugar.
M – Heavier mouth feel than I expected from the pour. Medium/ medium-heavy mouthfeel with nice tight carbonation. The beer is very luxurious tasting and is very smooth and creamy.
O - This is a pretty good stout. I have never heard of it or the brewery and am really pleased with this extra. Its a high quality, highly drinkable and very well balanced/crafted beer.
11-14-2011 02:12:42 | More by dubinsky
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
Extra from Texasfan549, finally cold enough outside to enjoy it. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours black with a nice tan head that lingers for a bit.
S - Plenty of oatmeal in this smell, with a chocolaty roasted malt background. Smells very thick and hearty, hoping the beer follows through.
T - Plenty of roasty malt in there with that oatmeal creating a looming dark presence in the backend of the taste. The oatmeal is a little too much of the show I feel, slightly one dimensional. Get a peanut like taste after a while from all the oatmeal. Little off putting but but not a bad taste overall.
M - Thick and hearty just like the smell implied. Beer sits real heavy for an oatmeal stout, feels like an imperial oatmeal stout.
O - Perfect for a cold night like tonight. This beer is pretty unrelenting in oatmeal and malt, giving a dry but heavy stout. Given another 30 degree night, I would have another.
11-10-2011 05:55:50 | More by Scrumtralecent
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Pours with a respectable head that just sits there on top of the obsidian liquid; tight bubbles and great retention
Smell: Dark chocolate and ashy tones with hints of hops and coffee
Taste: Massive dark chocolate and ash flavors, up front, with the coffee and hop elements arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the oats add another dimension; just a vague hint of coffee in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with the requisite creaminess
Overall: A bit ashier than I like but the chocolate flavor is really good
Thanks to FreeVerse for the initial opportunity and to duff247, for the opportunity to re-visit
10-30-2011 17:58:17 | More by brentk56
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
Received a few bottles of this in a trade. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I initially started pouring this down the side to keep the head in check, then poured straight down the center for the last 3rd of the pour to get the desired crown. However, this beer generated but a few columns of fizz. Otherwise, it's perfectly opaque like just about every other stout on earth. The smell is the best part of this beer by far. Chocolate, a bit of tofffee and/or caramel, and a roasted grainy scent that is just terrific. The taste isn't quite up to par with the bouquet, however. It's quite bitter with a heavy dose of black coffee dominating the flavor profile. Charred oak with a bit smokiness as well. The mouthfeel is the low point. It's very very thin, and heavily carbonated. It doesn't have the dense creaminess I prefer in my stouts. Letting it rest on your tongue is like having an 9-volt battery in contact with its tip. Not a pleasant feel at all. Overall, not a stout I plan on revisiting. I'll give the remaining bottles away as extras so others can tick this and form their own opinions.
10-10-2011 00:41:15 | More by Retail1LO
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
A: pours a dark brown/cola black with scant dark brown head, no retention, faint lacing. Very fizzy on the surface
S: hints of cola, but a bit chalky. some light vanilla, but not that appetizing. roasted malts add some smoky aspects
T: much of the same as above, but vanilla a bit more pronounced, making it sweeter and mellows out the cola/chalk.
M: thin, light carbonation adds some pleasant fizzy vanilla cola aftertaste.
O: Not bad, not my favorite style, but this seems about average from my perspective of the style.
10-05-2011 02:44:49 | More by roodie
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
A - Pours jet black into my snifter with two fingers of dense tan head that has great retention and sticky lacing.
S - Big Roasted malts, milky sweet chocolate, espresso, oats and a touch of vanilla.
T - Like the nose, big roasted malts, sweet chocolate and oats, bitter espresso, brown sugar and vanilla. It almost has an Irish cream type quality to it.
M - Very smooth and creamy, really coats the palate and is very well balanced.
O - This is a diamond in the rough that totally deserves more credit than it gets! Awesome oatmeal stout that comes in a 4pk for the same price as a bomber of something comparable.
10-05-2011 00:14:49 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
4oz->Sam Smith 1/2 Nonic
A ~ Pours black with a maroon hue. Head is sparse, but very dark (again, in a "red" way)
S ~ Baked Apples, grape juice, vanilla extract, Quaker Oats, lactose...some herbal notes.
A ~ Burnt espresso & Hershey's Baking Chocolate dominate the palette with very ashy malts close behind. There is somewhat of a hop backbone that is very organic & resinous tasting. Malted milk & frozen yogurt are in the mix. There is an ester note that I cannot identify, but it reminds me of dried cherries & currants. There's a splash of whiskey in the flavor as well.
M ~ Sticky & Sweet but with a good amount of burnt malt to back it up. Not the smoothest Oatmeal Stout in terms of carbonation, but it still has the lush feel on the sides & tip of the tounge. Hop bitterness is moderate, with contributing bitterness from the malt. There is some booze on the throat.
D ~ Great to see a high ABV Oatmeal Stout readily In available in 4-packs. Thanks to Brad for hookin' up one of my wants. This'll be a great Wintry brew.
10-01-2011 04:11:07 | More by chocosushi
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
Thanks to tjkinate for this one...
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. Produced a nice two finger, dark khaki, head that dissipated disappointedly quickly and left virtually no lacing. Nice, virtually opaque, black color, typical of the style.
Smells off strong roasted malt; coffee and cocoa notes with some bread and a bit of booze that tingles the nostrils.
Tastes like your typical Oatmeal Stout upfront, with roasted coffee and chocolate malt, but it really isn't very sweet. There's a welcome hop backing to the beer, that along with touch of booze at the finish, actually makes this a pretty decent tasting brew.
Mouthfeel is right on for the style; a light body for how much flavor it has, good carbonation, and relatively dry. This is a true session stout.
Overall this is a solid offering from Independence Brewing Co. I'm not familiar enough with Stouts to offer improvements, but with the exception of it's superior drinkability, nothing really stood out to me as exceptional. I would still take this over a regular Guinness any day. Cheers!
09-21-2011 05:58:56 | More by Humulus85
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
A: Absolutely pitch black with no light shining through whatsoever when held to the light. Thick, dark head forms at first, then comes down to a thin ring. Looks very nice.
S: Lots of oats with a faint roastiness in the back. Average.
T: Tastes similar to smell, but much more intense. Some slight vanilla sweetness with a lot of oat flavor. A bit of oxidation as well, but I'm not sure of the age of the beer.
M: Mouthfeel is thick with good carbonation. Very good.
O: This beer is solid, but uninteresting.
09-16-2011 21:47:47 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
A - pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates very quickly.
S - I smell chocolates and bourbon. Maybe a slight alcohol scent.
T - first thing I felt was this beer was kind of bland for what it should be. It's got small chocolate notes but I can't really taste much else.
M - medium bodied and highly carbonated.
O - it's not that bad but it lacks complexity that makes good beer what it is.
09-11-2011 03:40:57 | More by mattboyer182
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
I enjoyed it from the bottle this evening with Camembert and dried Scallops and dried Salmon.
Very dark; black.
Toasty smell. Smooth, easy to drink, dark chocolaty yet creamy, hint of banana and orange peel. Best Stout I've had, I will seek this beer.
09-04-2011 02:04:43 | More by sea206
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
The best offering I have had from Independence so far and I love that I could buy 4 good stouts for under $10.
A: The brew pours dark as night producing a mild head that dissipates as rapidly as it forms. Did exhibit some lacing.
S: Rich, earthy, and chocolate malts blend great with the hoppy undertones.
T: Similar to the smell, but instead of sweet like most stouts, the malts were mild and almost bitter. A welcome change of pace that blends easier with the floral hop background.
M: Seemed light, with mild carbonation, the type of stout that won't fill you up.
O: A solid beer and the perfect relaxer for the end of a hard day. Beer really is an amazing beverage and I feel this one adds character to the quickly expanding selection.
09-02-2011 00:09:38 | More by tjkinate
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Served in a tulip glass...
A- Pours very dark brown. Nice finger of dark tan head that settles too nothing quickly. The darker the brown of head on stouts, the more I like it; and this one is up there- however not much lacing or stability.
S- Fairly roasty with a strong coffee presence. Follows is a subtle dark chocolate aroma. Overall fairly light aroma.
T/M- Much more flavorful than the nose shows. Very roasty upfront followed by an oaty, grainy, sweet caramelly flavor and just an incredibly intense very very dark cocoa flavor. Well balanced and smooth everything. Body was very full bodied without being too heavy. So smooth.
O- Awesome oatmeal stout. Though the nose was a bit light, the beers taste was intense and enjoyed. Also this thing is 8.5%?! I could drink these all night having no idea... Definitely want more from this brewery now
08-24-2011 20:18:18 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
08-16-2011 03:19:25 | More by AleWatcher
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from 12oz. bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass
A- I got a nice two finger light brown head on mine and some pretty nice lacing. The pour was pretty much down the center after reading some other reviews.
S- The roasted malts are the first thing that I notice until I get the oatmeal and almost a peppery chocolate smell.
T- The first thing that hits you is the roasted malt and almost a coffee like flavor. After a few minutes oatmeal invades your palate and hang around for a while.
M- It has a pretty high level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little bit heavy.
O- I really enjoyed this stout and the price is great. This beer has a lot of flavors. Roasted malt to a chocolate after-taste and then the oatmeal moves in.
08-11-2011 01:02:38 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
A: Very dark brown/black. Viscous pour with a minimal tan head.
S: Dominated by roast and chocolate. Slight malty sweetness in the background.
T: The chocolate comes through first, with roasty/coffee notes backing it up. Very slight sweetness in the finish.
M: Definitely oats in this one. Very silky, creamy mouthfeel. Makes for an easy drinking beer.
O: Probably my favorite locally made stout. Glad it's available year round.
07-06-2011 23:52:17 | More by GrayHam
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
I appreciate trying more stuff from Texas that doesn't normally get up Northest. This one gre on me. Lots of roast, smoke, very lacey brown, chocolate.Lots of coffee in the finish. Not as thick as I would expect from the style.Very malty, and a good drinker.
07-06-2011 18:56:36 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
I drank this from a pint glass...
The beer almost jumped out of the bottle when I opened it the color is opaqui dark brown, there was a lot of sediment in the bottle and in the glass, the head was huge light brown and was huge. It smells of roasted, dry, dark chocolate with a tmall amount of sourness. The taste has some dark fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, and a roasted bitterness. It feels thick, warming, and slightly dry. I cant help but think that there's something wrong with this bottle. I need to try it again, there were clumps of foamy sediment and the smell and taste was a little off.
07-04-2011 23:12:21 | More by JMad
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
Many thanks to drummermattie02 for including this as an extra.
Pours a beautiful opaque near black, no light passing through, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Smell is rich and almost briny, n a good way, and flavor matches almost note for note. Nicely carbonated, not quite chewy. I'd drink this again.
06-29-2011 04:24:03 | More by slaphappysnark
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
Thanks to brewerdan23 for sharing a pour of Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from a 12 oz bottle.
Sticky sand colored foam on a dark, almost black beer. The nose was very chocolately with a fair bit of grain. The beer tasted like dusty cocoa powder with a little bit of licorice. The beer was surprisingly thin and with a dry finish. Not the best, but certainly a solid beer.
06-29-2011 03:07:53 | More by Soonami
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
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