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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 18
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 tjkinate
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tjkinate, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

TheGordianKnot, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
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
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

HopsKeepDroppin, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of GrayHam
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

GrayHam, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.
SilverX's bottle.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JMad, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of slaphappysnark
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

slaphappysnark, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Soonami, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to Exiled for sending me this one in a past trade as an extra! Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator mug. Poured pitch black with a two finger brown head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, cream, and very subtle oat. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, oatmeal, and alcohol on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. A little much for outside in our current weather but still quite tasty. The flavor on this one is much better than the aroma in my opinion. But that wouldn't be saying too much in this case if I'm honest. Worth trying for sure but that is about it.

thagr81us, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Wisconsuds
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence brewing in Texas. Poured from 12oz bottle into my Silver Creek Brewing oversized snifter.

Dark brown colored ale with a cm of dark brown head. Disappeared quickly, leaving Jackson Pollack style lacing on the glass. Booyaa, art reference!

Smell is dominated by oatmeal + chocolate. Roasted malt takes a backseat but shows up in the end.

Normally I like my stouts to be on the viscous side. This ones a bit thin, but isn't detrimental to the taste. A pleasurable representation of an oatmeal stout.

Mild carbonation tickles the epiglottis. Bam, anatomy reference! Would reach for another, which says a lot about its staying power.

I'll take another,BA Texasclimber. A simple stout that possibly caught me off guard tonight. Good stuff from TX.

Wisconsuds, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of bisonkron
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Dark black/brown in Color. Very thin head with no lace, carbonation was a bit low as is most of Independence offerings.

S: very coffee/chocolaty. Had some chocolate milk there as well. Sweet caramel notes. still a bit grainy/earthy as well.

T: tasted of coffee/toffee/chocolate malts. Very chocolate milky. Had a bit of sweetness and earthiness there as well.

M: Very creamy/smooth. Not very heavy for a stout but still nice. went down easy enough.

O: Something I will go back to in the future. very much exceeded what I had expected from Independence.

bisonkron, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my staples...I love Independence Brewery and this is one of the better Texas stouts on the market in my opinion.

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a pitch black motor oil color, but appears to be pretty medium bodied. A full off-white/tan head fills the glass and the recedes, leaving no lacing. Decent alcohol legs. Smell- dark chocolate, molasses, maybe some faint coffee. Taste- a roasty burnt bitter flavor at the back of the throat, rich carbonation, dark chocolate, and molasses. Mouthfeel- this one is fresh, has awesome thick and rich carbonation to it. Drinkability- for 8.5%, it is amazingly drinkable, with not much detected alcohol warmth. This is also 6$ for a 4 pack, which is an awesome price for a beer this good.

lnashsig, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - Pours a dark black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark fruit. Quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, alcohol, cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee. A step down from the smell and heavy on the bitter chocolate and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. I wish it was a little more carbonated.

d - A pretty drinkable oatmeal stout that is heavy on bitter chocolate in the taste. I enjoyed the smell but wish it had been more carbonated. Would be willing to try again.

LiquidBread219, May 21, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with adam320.
From notes.
Thanks for the great selection of locals!
Poured into my Fantome Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a one finger tan head on top of a pitch black body. I love the way this beer looks!

Smell: Nice roasty smell, however it is overpowered by booziness.

Taste: I am getting to roast and some booze from the nose, however the booze is much more toned down in the taste, fortunately. I also get some nice bitterness and some chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: While it i creamy which I like in this style, it is a little over carbonated which detracts a little.

Overall: Decent, didn't blow me out of the water but it was certainly solid.

OddNotion, May 03, 2011
Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to twiggamortis420 for knocking off this want! Pours very dark brown, but completely impenetrable by light, with a small khaki head that left light wisps of lacing. Aroma has nice notes of roast and chocolate, a bit of coffee, and slight bitter aroma. Taste is right on par with the nose. Roast is in full supply, and pretty much dominates everything else, although it's not astringent nor bitter. There is a slight bitterness on the back end, but I would contribute it to the hops rather than roasted barley. Chocolate plays second fiddle to the roast, as it's very light, and there's also a touch of dark fruit/raisin peeking through, but only momentarily. Nice, full body, low carbonation, slick and smooth, with a bite of bitterness on the very dry finish. Overall, a really good oatmeal stout, although maybe I wold like just a touch more sweetness to balance out the strong roast. Good stuff. Thank again, Greg!

KeefD, May 01, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was sent in a recent trade. Thanks, Daniel! 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Convict Hill pours jet black, with little to no light shining through. Head is thick and tan, and slowly settles to a couple of millimeters, retaining quite well.

S: This brew has one of the most roasted barley aromas I have ever experienced. Coffee and dark chocolate are also prominent, with little hop aroma.

T: Wow! This beer has a lot going on! Full-on roasted barley character, with notes of dark fruit, coffee, and bitter chocolate. A touch of burnt toast character is present, with an edgy bitterness. Hops are only noticable in the finish, and lend a dry finish.

Notes: Convict Hill is one big-ass oatmeal stout! You don't drink this beer. You chew it. Full bodied, with robust flavor and yet, still manages to hide the alcohol. Silky mouthfeel and a dry finish balance it out in perfect harmony. This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts to date, and with I had more.

WYVYRN527, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at HEB for 6.49....nice price for such a big beer.

Black as night pour...light brown, big head that stuck around for a while. Ring around the glass the entire time. Nice looking stout.

Quite a tasty smell. Cocoa hits first, then a bit of bitter, burnt coffee....some sweet malt as well. Fresh, enticing aroma.

That's good. Chocolate right off the bat, some bitter hops thrown in as well. Coffee and oatmeal a little more buried, but a very well rounded stout. Mouthfeel a bit thin, but quite smooth...goes down easy. Hides the 8.5 very well...dangerous!

A nice locally produced Oatmeal stout here in Austin. Good to see. Pick this baby up if you see it.

obrike, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown almost black color with a very thin coffee head. It disappears quickly leaving a nice thin rim around the glass.

S - A ton of oats and cocoa with some mild sweet sugary/caramel scents. Some very nice earth tones in there with a blast of malts as well.

T - A very nice chocolate malt flavor with some mild sweetness.

M - Feels almost too crisp on the finish in my opinion. When it first gets there it coats the tongue well but seems to fizzle at the end.

O - A solid stout. Smell by far is great in my opinion and the taste does not disappoint.

brstls4drmrs, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into an Efes tulip. Quick, beige head with clear, slippery lacing. Aroma includes coffee, roasted malt and maybe a touch of yoo-hoo. Interesting. Taste is deliciously smooth with no traces of alcohol. Some malt sweetness noted (yoo-hoo), light flavor of coffee. Tastes more like a milk stout. Either way, amazing for the high abv. Excellent.

KickbacksSteve, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Agold
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for sending this one. Poured into duvel tulip. The beer pours with about 1/2 inch of beautiful brown head with good lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Really great start for this one. The flavors are great as well, although they are not quite as robust as they are in the aroma. The beer has a great creamy mouthfeel with a very fine quality to the carbonation. It is very pleasant to drink. I am a sucker for stouts and this one delivered.

Agold, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, again kudos aschwab for bringing this thing to Bogotá for me.

Now the convict hill wasn't what I expected but can take the claim it is even better. The bottling is deceitful because, whilst the bottle itself is very dark, one seemingly gets the feel the liquid within is clearer.

It's not- first thought as I started pouring it was "whoa, thick" because it literally looks like tar or car oil flowing, inactive, almost muddy just piling up in my american pint glass in which I tasted it. as it settles, the darkest head I've ever seen looks just as dormant as the underlying fluid, this is a brown-to-black head probably the colour you get from boiling soy sauce. it's extremely dark. and looks almost mousse-like, just stable and quiet, cakeish.

Smell is impressive. It's very sweet but has a balancing bitter feel at some point. I mean, this could easily fool you for a liquid brownie- I need say no more, because that's what this roasty chocolate deal is all about. fabulous smell, very very inviting for a stout. (ok maybe the bitter balance it has makes it rather like magic brownies and not so much your average...)

Taste is great. I'm a big sucker in this world for two things, the both of which this beer has:
1) A well handled sweetness. A beer can go all wrong here, but this thing is virtually a cacao melt with very clearly defined malts, nonetheless, and still a serious, balancing bitter and burnt aftertaste. It practically layers out through the tongue, and is complemented by a bigger than average (yet still mild enough to be an enhancer and not an overwhelm-er) alcohol feel on the palate & nose as you sip it.
2) A coherent smell-taste correlation. I tell ya, when a beer smells sweet and you suddenly hit a taste brick wall with super dry malts, I get a bit pissed. Not here, no sir. The smell is a prelude and heck, maybe an abstract on the beer itself. you know what you're about to indulge in (read above) and you'll love it.

And the mouthfeel? It's thick and oozy, but not as bad as its visual statement suggests. In fact, it can be a fair companion in warmer climates, because it is still reasonably dry if sipped cold, or boozed enough to hit you in winter.

For someone not so big on stouts, I have to say this is the second stout that has blown my mind in the past year (heck even exactly one year after the first, the DFH-WWS), and for my first (or among the first) texan beer, I certainly will hunt this treat down in the lone star state or beyond its borders because, I tell ya, it's worthwhile.

Andreji, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A - black, no head, slightly unremarkable

S - chocolate and dark caramel malts; a bit subtle

T - lots of dark chocolate, coffee, leather with an enduring bitterness. Missing a bit of balance.

M - fairly light with little to no carbonation. Coats the mouth slightly.

D - fairly drinkable but the bitternes

DoktorZee, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Whole Foods. It's basically a big roasty stout with a mild oatmeal edge. It's not overly thick and you could easily mistake it for a ~6% beer. There's a classic malty dark chocolate and java taste with a little dark bread crust taste and sweetness. Not a bad for a winter day, but also not a standout stout.

tempest, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle.

A - dark body, no light coming through, medium dark brown head things quickly to a ring.

S - chocolate, light bitter coffee, sweet malts and oatmeal.

T - Definitely oatmeal, bitter coffee, hints of chocolate. rawhide, dryness. a touch of booze.

M - quite smooth, and relatively full-bodied.

D - well, it's ok, but surprisingly hot.

ColdPoncho, Feb 20, 2011
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.