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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | 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 NefariousR


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black, virtually no light sneaking through. Formed a rather small tan head that dissipated after a minute or two.
S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Fairly typical stout fare, maybe a bit sweeter than average.
T - Coffee and chocolate, with a smooth sweet nuttiness in the background. Strong roast profile.
M - Thick bodied and fairly sticky. Quite chewy and pleasant.
D - This is one of the most in-your-face oatmeal stouts I've had. However, it lacks some of the outright oaty uniqueness of other oatmeal stouts (say, Samuel Smith's). It's still a great, if big, brew.

01-12-2011 04:23:42 | More by NefariousR
Photo of augustgarage


3.98/5  rDev +1%

Many thanks to lnashsig for this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Deep seal brown liquid, thoroughly opaque with a thin dark camel ring of creamy foam. Sandy lacing subsides in arcs dancing around the clear panes of viscous tears. Great retention. A swirl brings the head back up though it lightens in color.

Roasted grain, oatmeal (rather than oats!), faint brown sugar, and perhaps a hint of diacetyl in the nose (faintly buttery but that can work for this style).

Dark roast malt yields a rich lasting flavor with some hints of coffee and a touch of cocoa emerges as the beer warms up. Faint char adds a bitter not mid-palate which leads into a dry crisp finish. Smooth vaguely nutty/oaty aftertaste. Very light esters and perhaps a hint of licorice or fennel are in the margins of the profile.

Medium-full bodied, lightly creamy, and well carbonated mouthfeel. Lightly astringent from the roast malt.

Quite drinkable thanks to the balance of flavors. Best served lightly chilled, this makes a great "breakfast stout" even without the direct addition of coffee.

01-07-2011 22:47:22 | More by augustgarage
Photo of Bmoyer0301


3.45/5  rDev -12.4%


Very low hissing noise as I popped the cap. On the pour this baby comes out jet black with some dark dark brown hues around the edge of my glass. I was left with a beautiful one finger thick dark cocoa colored head that quickly faded away. When I hold my glass up to the light there is absolutely no light passing through and appears to be very clear with no sediment. As I gave a slight swirl there was a decent amount of lacing but nothing very thin.


Lots of chocolate, roast, coffee, and malty sweetness that is followed by some scorched brown sugar. I am not getting any form of hop presence here, just some nutty undertones. Maybe hot chocolate ? Vanilla ?


Just like a chocolate milkshake, super smooth and velvet like. The coffee and vanilla blend very well in this situation, not making it overly sweet. There is absolutely no bitterness or heat alcohol presence. I could see myself having this with some eggs and bacon for breakfast.


Medium, very drinkable and not overly sweet and non noticeable alcohol which amps up its smoothness.

12-19-2010 17:27:58 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of ballz50401


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass. No freshness info. Thanks to wagenvolks for the extra!

Appearance: Pours a viscous black with a very dark mocha head. Foam retention is above average.

Smell: A pleasent roastiness with sweet, dark caramel and chocolate. Notes of vanilla, coffee, and smoke.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A lot of milk chocolate and creamy caramel mixed with creamy espresso. Mouthfeel is super creamy and kinda remindes me of a creamy coffee drink.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking imperial stout. Would love to have more of this.

12-17-2010 04:00:19 | More by ballz50401
Photo of vdread


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout pours a solid black with ample dark brown head.

smells of heavy chocolate, roasted malt

taste is heavy with the dark chocolate malt, some oats, and an overall warming roastiness abides. having access to very fresh batches as well as older batches, i notice a strong hop presence that fades elegantly with time. lots of rich, bitter chocolate. bitter chocolate dominates and rests on the palate long after the drink is gone.

alcohol comes out after some warming, but it's not a detractor.

feel is good, thick, well carbonated.

drinkability great. it's a very enjoyable oatmeal stout, and definitely fresh- it's brewed a few minutes from here.

12-14-2010 03:50:10 | More by vdread
Photo of flexabull


3.45/5  rDev -12.4%

Bottle courtesy of gn0sis, thanks again!

Beer gushed a bit when opened, and I lost a little beer. Luckily I was near the sink when I opened this, so no mess was made. Pours into the glass a thick black color with a giant tan head.

Aromas are nice, dark chocolate, espresso, oats, and mineral hops.

Taste start out a little cola like, sweet, with some caramel and faint dark chocolate. Finish is crisp, with hints of mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, but on the thin side, and over carbonated.

Drinkability is decent. This is an ok stout, but it's kind of messy, and with some obvious flaws.

12-11-2010 06:08:09 | More by flexabull
Photo of youradhere


3.33/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours pitch black, too much head- filled the pint with less than and inch of liquid. Smells like berries, coffee, cherries, slight earthy must. Tastes like cherries, coffee, dark breads and more fruit. The carbonation is a bit excessive, it has been 5 mins and the bubbles are still going strong. Some cola and toffee flavors, I also get some bell pepper in the after taste. Mouthfeel tries to be smooth and creamy, but this carbonation is waaaay too much for this. I don't want to say infected, but there is something up with this bottle. Still good, but not in the capacity that it could be.

12-06-2010 05:24:59 | More by youradhere
Photo of deapokid


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Big thanks to jtortorice for this one!

Starts out with a fizzy, root beer brown head, which dissipates quickly, leaving behind a muddy film. Body is jet black with no lacing and precious little carbonation.

Scent is creamy, mixing chocolate, vanilla, a hint of anise and some doughy oats. The aroma provides more body that most oatmeal stouts, giving it a malty backbone.

Taste is light and thin upfront, packing a bitter oatmeal punch at the end. The flavor profile is varied, containing cinnamon sugar, bread crumbs, little coffee bean roastiness, brown sugar and maybe a hint of irish cream. The oats are truly the star here and they're never overshadowed by the sweeter notes.

Mouth is clean and smooth, but still capable of packing a big punch. Feeling on the tongue reminded me of Rogue's Chocolate Stout and this brew boasts many of that masterpiece's finer qualities.

8.50%! I was thinking more like 5%, especially after I killed the bottle in about 6 minutes. Despite my obvious gluttony, this Texan Oatmeal Stout packs a ton of flavor in each sip. I could see it working just as well when gently quaffed from a snifter as it did getting slammed from a nonic.

12-03-2010 03:07:19 | More by deapokid
Photo of Pellinore1


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks to Mora2000 for this bottle.

Pours a deep brown with minimal tan head.

Smells of dark malt, and a hint of coffee.

The flavor begins with big, big roastiness. It is all nicely bitter malt, reminiscent of coffee or bitter chocolate. The bitterness fades a bit, and finishes with just a bit of sweetness.

Medium body with very little carbonation, this is a very smooth drink.

The alcohol is very well hidden. I would never have guessed the ABV of this beer.

Overall, this was a very pleasing oatmeal stout. Given the chance, I'd happily have it again.

11-29-2010 01:06:28 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of Vdubb86


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle

First of all, hooray for bottle bombs. I just spent a good 10 minutes preventing the spilled beer from getting to the carpet. I probably lost near half the beer. This beer still however looks fine once settled, a dark beer with cocoa foam. This beer smells of chocolate, coffee, oats and a bit of oak sour. There is a bitterness from what I what I assume to be the coffee or roast qualities. This beer tastes mainly of coffee and oats, hints of dark chocolate (but that again could be a coffee roast flavor). It's way too overcarbonated on the palate as well as my coffee table, though it's not too bad overall. It was good, but not all that great.

After a second bottle was sent to me from injured reserve, that wasn't infected/overcarbonated I resubmit my score for the beer the way it was intended. As overall I would say a fairly solid oatmeal stout.

11-27-2010 19:37:59 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of angelmonster


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Opened the 12 oz bottle and was greeted with a loud hiss and rush of cold air. Not quite a gusher but the beer did take over 5 minutes to pour. Head is a chocolate color, fluffy and almost 3 inches thick, Body is pitch black and opaque. Head retention is good and lacing is very nice

First smell is of sweet chocolates and roasted malts. Hops and alcohol are very faint, for almost 9 percent abv, this smells more like a milk stout.

Taste is of semi sweet chocolate with a dry finish. Burnt malts are also present and contribute a taste similar to bitter coffee. Hops accentuate that flavor and it really cuts that chocolate sweetness unfortunately. Alcohol is slightly present but just adds a touch of warmness to the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is lightened by a good dose of carbonation. Head isnt as creamy as it would appear to be.

Drink ability was good. Nice beer for a cold night. At 9 percent alcohol, it goes down smoother than most imperial stouts. Just wish there was more sweetness to the flavor and a little less bitterness. Gonna age one for a year and see if that helps

11-25-2010 07:07:54 | More by angelmonster
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a quickly receding, bubbly, tan head.

Smell: Roasted, fire-singed barley accompanied by soft, sweet chocolate, ground coffee, and just a small hint of vanilla.

Taste: Roasty, malty tastes of slowly, carefully melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and coffee sweetened with vanilla-flavored sugar, though the chocolate perches on the tongue the longest for me. Light prune fruitiness. A slight earthiness perks up midway along with a roasty bitterness. More of that chocolate closes things out for the slowly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation making for an overall soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though not the most attractive brew around, it's still a soundly sweet, mighty tasty stout and a nice surprise, as I had yet to try anything from Independence Brewing.

11-23-2010 19:10:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of tpd975


3.98/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours dark black with a tan head nice retention with a few spots of lace.

S: Aromas of deep roasted malt, slightly burnt, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee.

T: I like it. Roasted to the max. Wonderful deep roasted malt, espresso and bitter dark chocolate. Mild notes of dark fruit with tinges of caramel and toffee. That being said the sweet flavors just peek through. The roast dominates.

M: Medium in body, char, roast bitter from middle through finish. Velvet like mouthfeel

D: Good, solid brew

11-15-2010 00:57:57 | More by tpd975
Photo of MurphyMacManus


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

Growler into pint glass

A: Opaque black with a short-lived tan head. I remember the head being better straight from the tap. Maybe my growler wasn't sealed properly.

S: Dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, coffee.

T/M: Bittersweet chocolate, raisins (?), more dark fruit, coffee, maybe molasses or brown sugar. Thick, chewy, viscous mouthfeel.

D: There's nothing wrong with it to take away from drinkability, but it is a bit strong for a session beer.

11-13-2010 06:41:01 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.

Another new one for me I decided I just had to include last night as a night cap. Really dark pour here with a rich dark chocolate color that gave way to a huge head of tan that was nearly three inches high at one point before settling down and leaving jus a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Really just could not have looked much better aside from maybe a touch darker.

Aroma of rich dark malts, cocoa, cookie dough, hints of maple and brown sugar, very nicely done, warming did lead some of it to fade however and left just a touch of light vanilla and chocolate hanging in the air. Really full feel here with a nice and smooth creamy touch to it that really worked very, very nicely. Rich vanilla, caramel, maple and brown sugar coming through now again with loads of milk chocolate and a light touch of coffee in the finish. Not too filling and no where near to light, this one worked out quite well I have to admit.

Overall a really solid shot here from them. Served as a well placed night cap and I really could have easily had another when I was done. Good job all around.

11-04-2010 23:50:53 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of SPThirtyThree


3.28/5  rDev -16.8%

What better way to celebrate being back in the ATX than to stop in Spec's and buy a four-pack of something local?

A: Pours the darkest shade of brown, with a thin, whispy, tan layer of cream that leaves no lacing.

S: Convict Hill's aroma is, above all, roasty and burnt. A hint of alcohol wafts through the oatmeal, chocolate, and espresso notes. Stronger sniffs also reveal a sprinkling of plum.

T: The flavor is, again, dark and roasty, with a sharp but not overwhelmingly strong hop bite up front. This brew is rather dry, and while it starts off great, by the end of the bottle, a black patent burnt bitterness builds and dwarves the other tastes. I found the second bottle to be substantially less enjoyable than the first. On the plus side, the high ABV is well-disguised.

M: The oatmeal definitely lends a smooth creaminess to the mix, but the dark, ashy bitterness dominates the mouthfeel after 6 or 8 ounces.

D: Low. The first sips were great, but CHOS is too acrid for drinkability.

11-04-2010 21:08:30 | More by SPThirtyThree
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.15/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured into duck rabbit snifter

Pours a small layer of light tan head. Fades to near nothing. Leaves some slight splattered lace. Color is a copper brown, nearing black.

Aroma: It either smells like black licorice or light notes of a sharpie marker. It has a deep roast to it with some chocolate and hints of vanilla. Kind of creamy.

Taste: Heavy roast with notes of coffee. Some chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cream flavors. Has a grassy hop profile. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, a bit above the average oatmeal stout. It is a bit too roasted for my liking. Somewhat drinkable. No alcohol showing in it which surprised me for how high the abv is.

11-03-2010 23:24:34 | More by mothman
Photo of kbutler1


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tannish head with crimson highlights. The head settles to a nice color. The aroma isn't really overly strong in any way but rather a subtle roasted malt and coffee note. Leather, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee are the dominate flavors in this one. I think the oats in this provide for a nice medium velvety mouthfeel that is rather well done. Even at the abv %, the taste really doesn't have that over alcohol note that some bigger beers can have. Not overly roasted either because I really don't get that overly bitter aftertaste.

11-03-2010 23:23:40 | More by kbutler1
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade with SSW117; thanks Sam!

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.

10-31-2010 00:43:08 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice rich black brown color with a huge mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing and has great retention. The aroma is very nutty, some vanilla and tons of milk chocolate. Big roasted malts, just a hint of dark chocolate, but all milk chocolate on the palate. Big flavors of raisins and winter stone fruits masked by rich marshmallow like sweetness that blends all of the flavors together. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Really couldn't believe this was 8.5 percent abv after it's big silky texture and no alcohol burn. Really a nice made stout and perfect example of the style.

10-26-2010 04:17:55 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of jrallen34


3.98/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle into my Westmalle goblet. Awesome name and bottle, looking cool...Dark brown pour with light carbonation, disappointing for an oatmeal, love to see this on tap...An alluring sweet aroma, surprised at the sweet chocolate, vanilla, and oats coming through without alcohol on this 8.5% beer. Vanilla really shows more than anything, really nice...The taste bores me, most of the sweetness is gone leaving a plain stout with a little roastiness creeping in. Not bad, just boring, however at the abv super easy to drink.

10-20-2010 02:26:13 | More by jrallen34
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

A- Deep, dark brown color lets absolutely no light through in my mug. The head is latte-brown with great retention and spots of lacing.

S- Coffee beans, molasses, cocoa, and rhubarb-like hops with a distinctive bitterness

T- Think molasses cookies. Now think oatmeal cookies. Now imagine gooey dark chocolate chips. Yup

M- Silky and smooth with some gooey oatmeal drag

D- My favorite Independence brew to date but the only other one I remember was Austin Amber which was over-carbonated

10-17-2010 22:20:58 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Cheesemoose


4/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to poonamibaxter for this one!

Poured a nice engine oil black with a hearty chocolate head, a solid 2-3 fingers of head. Good bit of lacing, head dissipates about a min into the beer.

Roasted nuts, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Inviting, but a bit on the bitter side on the nose.

Hearty roasty flavors. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and rich fruity esters with a good bit of hops in the background. Well balanced!

Mild carbonation, no alcohol in the taste, solid and enjoyable beer.

09-29-2010 00:49:34 | More by Cheesemoose
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade. 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep opaque motor oil black with a thin quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma is a nice amount of roasted malts with some bitter cocoa. The taste is a nice amount of smooth roasted malts with a nice blend of bitter cocoa and subtle espresso. The beer is medium bodied and quite smooth with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable strong stout, one I would likely keep on hand all Winter if it were available here.

09-20-2010 01:14:49 | More by atsprings
Photo of TMoney2591


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle!

Nothing illustrates the oblivion of convict life quite like a deep stout. This one pours a straight obsidian topped by about a half-finger of somewhat resilient light tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of burnt oats. The taste is quite similar, with some blackened biscuits, charcoal, cocoa, and a hint of vanilla (in the background) thrown in there as well. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a heftily smooth feel, bordering on chewiness. Overall, a very nice, black stout, another brew I wish they carried around here so I could have it whenever the urge hits me.

09-13-2010 07:23:24 | More by TMoney2591
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.