Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 24
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009

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Ratings: 388 | Reviews: 137
Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice oily black with a very nice one finger thick mocha head that leaved very good side lacing and recedes into a nice fat quarter inch dense blanket.

S - Pleasant aromas of burnt, roasted malts and oats. Very light chocolate and coffee, oats are very nicely showcased.

T - Wow, alright. Another solid performance. More of those really nice almost burnt malts with nice roasty qualities. Some slight toffee like caramel sweetness with more of those powerful oats. The chocolate is there, faintly, and there is some nice bitter coffee finish.

M - Super smooth and silky and velvety. Its mid 80s and this is incredibly drinkable.

O - This is 9%+, no way. Delicious, very well done. As hot as I am I find myself quickly going back for another drink of this. Very impressed with this oatmeal stout.

Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good, black body with an excellently thick brown head.

Aroma hits you with chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, and caramel. There is a soft, grass like hop nose.

The taste is a rich, chocolate-y delight. Rich and complex with noir goodness. Bitter-sweet chocolate sweetness blends nicely with a medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a slightly sweet finish.

This is a well-made stout. Rich and delicious. Nicely balanced across the board. Worth the effort to find some.

Thanks to Tim from Houston for adding this into the beer trade...

Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured jet black with2 fingers of dark brown fluffy head - TONS of perfect lacing

S - toasted oats, slight hint of bourbon and chocolate

T - well balanced sweet and bitterness from the toasted grains, nutty aftertaste, buttery

M - smooth, rich, creamy

O - i just realized how heavy of a stout this is and am shocked at the lack of alcohol smell! well done! a very nice light tasting stout, well balanced in every aspect.

Photo of BeanBone
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with just over a finger of creamy tan head that leaves excellent sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Lots of dark roasted malt, black coffee, and bitter chocolate. Smells more like a Russian Imperial Stout than an Oatmeal Stout (that's certainly not a bad thing).

Flavor: Again, the dominant characteristics are dark-roasted malt, black coffee, and baker's chocolate. Very mild, bitter citrusy hops keep everything from being too sweet. There's mild alcohol throughout, but not too much. Dry and roasty malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A silky medium-full body with smooth medium-low carbonation and a drying finish. Hints of warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: This is no sipper, but still requires a little time.

Verdict: A solid big American Stout, Convict Hill is probably my favorite beer from Independence. I'm looking forward to what these guys brew up next.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is coffee-like, darkly malty, and creamy sweet with a soft sourness. Smells nice.

Pours black with moderate light brown head. Looks good.

Lots of dark malt, roasted woody dryness & bitterness, and dark bitter chocolate. Soft sweetness. Mild creaminess. Mild smokiness. Soft hint of alcohol. Soft raisin. Tastes good. Feels quite good. Good drinkability.

Dark, dry, and bitter - this is a stout to reckon with and a joyous offering from Independence. (It's the only beer listed on BA containing the name convict.)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to htomsirveaux for the brews.

A - Pours an oily black with tan crown of foam. Pretty good looking, though most Stouts are, aren't they?

S - Aromas of hop, oxidation, leather, roasted grain, licorice, and a bit of booze. Quite complex, a winner,

T - The taste is quite nice. Dark roast, oats give a smoothness, and there is also a decent hop balance and even a vague fruitiness likely owing to said hops... This is very tasty.

M - Creamy but still sharp. Good.

D - I would drink this frequently, if it were available to me.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was pleasantly thick, black, with a nice finger of light brown head that laces well.

Aroma is decent, bits of chocolate, a hint of espresso, roasted malts.

Creamy oatmeal, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a dab of toffee and booze.

Feel is upper medium in body, but still sits heavy enough. Creamy texture, minimal coating and a cleaner finish. Carbonation is good.

Overall drinkability is good. A nice and tasty stout, slightly filling, but multiples wouldn't be too hard to put away.

Photo of HardTarget
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, starts with a brown head of foam that dies back to a simple collar.

Smell: Clean, roasted barley, some sweetness and dark bread yeast.

Taste: Smooth. Plenty of roasted character but it's soft and round. Hints of bitter, mild caramel, hint of pine, complex yet smooth, very nice.

Feel: Slick, low carbonation, medium body, no chew.

Overall: A well put together beer. Hts all the right taste profile buttons, but keeps everything drinkable yet interesting. Recommended.

Photo of rhodeska
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good oatmeal stout!! One of the best that I've had.

Super smooth, very oatmeal and coffee tastes, flavor really resides for a long time. For an extra, a really good beer. Not a whole lot of different flavors, but does what its name says very well.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A gift from my nephew that has been in the cellar for about a year. Oily black in color, but an aggressive pour yielded a few carbonation bubbles with almost no head and some spotty lacing. Very subdued nose with some subtle roastiness with hints of oats and coffee. For what this lacked in appearance and smell, it more than makes up for in the taste. Very rich and flavorful with great roasty notes. Lots of fresh roasted coffee along with hints of oatmeal, caramel, dark chocolate, and molasses. The mouthfeel is rich and thick and extremely smooth with a nice subtle bitter finish. The alcohol is extremely well hidden making this scary drinkable, but it's rich enough to be a sipper. Overall an outstanding interpretation of the style!

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade from duff247.

Pours a very dark colored rich creamy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with lacing, over pitch black beer.

Nose is loaded with roasted malts, oatmeal, creamy milk chocolate, dark caramel malts, a bit of black patent malt, toffee, bitter roast, a little coffee, and essence of pure darkness.

Taste brings plenty of roast, some coffee and toffee with that, some black patent malt, a very light malted milk ball, come creamy oatmeal but a little less oatmeal than I expected, rich and creamy, heavy and dark, a bit pillowy, very slight boozy taste, a bit of cocoa powder. Finishes with some bitterness, a bit of a tropical fruit flavor (?), some cocoa, some coffee and roast, fairly sticky and mouth coating, but semi dry. Also a slight chalky dry bready taste.

Mouth is fairly thick, fairly creamy and rich, with decent carbonation and a bit of warming booze.

Drink is OK, some warming booze, the sticky finish and mouth coating makes it a little tougher, and just the heavy beer feel, but otherwise not bad.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/4/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, oatmeal, caramel, molasses, light coffee, dark fruits, roasted malt, and roasted earthiness. Very nice and balanced dark/roasted malt aromas; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, coffee, oatmeal, slight dark fruit, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt on the finish for a bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of roasted/dark malt flavor; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and chewy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9.2%, with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial oatmeal stout! Great robustness and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Grimbergen goblet.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black. About a quarter finger of mocha head fades right away. Thin rings of lacing around the glass.

S: Coffee. And chocolate.

T: Coffee. And chocolate. And a touch of vanilla toffee.

M: Smooth, creamy, silky. Beautiful.

D: Simple, yet elegant. Yes.

Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of obrike
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin layer of brown head. Pretty big aroma here; oats, black strap molasses, and dark chocolate liqueur. The flavor has an added note of smoke to go along with big, fairly dry, chocolate flavors. The rich, creamy mouthfeel is the overall highlight to compliment the flavor. This is a big ol' oat stout that's worth trying at least once.

Photo of lnashsig
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of vdread
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.