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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 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.

TMoney2591, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
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.

HopsKeepDroppin, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
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

TheGordianKnot, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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 Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

I was has happy to have Independence Oatmeal Stout on tap the Gingerman in Austin. Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a beige head. Nice lacing.

The nose is of sweet malts/oats with dark fruit and molasses.

The taste is sweet and roasty. I get raisins, molasses, roasted oats and a touch of alcohol. The beer is slightly sweet but the roasted qualities keep everything in a fine balance.

I like the silky mouth, and the beer is very drinkable for an Imperial.

Well Done!!

Redrover, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of kemoarps
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.

kemoarps, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of atsprings
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.

atsprings, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of GrayHam
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.

GrayHam, Jul 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Seattle_Suds, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

VinceMig, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mhenson42, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

beergorrilla, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Had this in a tulip. Independence is from my from my hometown and I decided I had to finally give this a try...

A: motor oil color and viscosity. Barely any head but what lingers is deep caramel.

S: char, smoke, heaps of malt

T: just how a stout should be: dry and bitter, yet smooth and amply sweet as well. Burnt sugar, black coffee, molasses and smoke. Warm alcohol, a dab of whiskey and dark chocolate on the finish.

M: Thick and creamy, syrupy even. Smooth.

D: simple and straightforward, a great example of a well balanced oatmeal stout.

nickhiller, Aug 12, 2010
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.

Cheesemoose, Sep 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mcdsports, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

StevenLaValley, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

kevinscott, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

toolbrew, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Zaphog, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +1.5%

It pours a thick black with a nice tan head with hints of chocolate in the aroma. The taste is of dark chocolate malts and oats with a slight sweetness on the back-end. It is a very smooth medium bodied stout that is excellently balanced. It clocks in at above 9% ABV and you can barely tell. This is a very high quality local Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing.

brurevu, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ilikebeer03, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

magpie2020, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

cam12, Oct 09, 2013
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.