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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout

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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 415
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 23
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 138 | Hads: 415
Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter

L: black in the glass topped by a thick, late-percolating head of tan to almost brown foam about 1/2- to 3/4-inch tall -- the head is a real late bloomer, pretty awesome to watch; the brew appears to be clear as you watch pour out of the bottle, but stacked in the glass, light has no chance of passing through; some funky lacing -- really cool pattern of tiny islands, different from most.

S: chocolate, dark chocolate at first ... some coffee/espresso; dark ... maybe not licorice but definitely some raisins or prunes, not a ton of sweetness; burnt oak/wood; as it warms, here comes the sweetness -- very nice, mocha latte note ... may also be real sweet raisins (raisin cookies), but bottom line is some sweetness is poking through and it's fantastic

T: dark-roasted malt, burnt almost but not quite, very woody -- like a barbecue with some good burning oak; not a ton of sweetness but enough to balance a big bitter chunk of burnt malt; still, the absence of the sweet finish is noticeable ... definitely not a milk stout

F: very lightweight, almost watery for an otherwise big stout ... sounds bad, but it's not because the good amount of carbonation makes it very drinkable and enjoyable -- not the overly slick, mouth-filling workout bigger stouts often tend to be

O: solid, good, not great ... the lack of sweetness hurts it a bit for me, but otherwise it's got some good dark malt notes, especially the dark/semisweet chocolate and coffee. absolutely NO alcohol present in the nose or taste, which makes it damned dangerous because the 8% ABV (as posted on the brewery's website) is not a joke.

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Photo of atsprings
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GrayHam
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a massive head that fades pretty quickly but retains a nice thin brown-sugar colored layer that adds creaminess to each sip. Classic super deep brown color. Scents of sweetened coffee, oatmeal, and some breadiness is excellent. Creamy, weighty feel. Doesn't reach the level of Breakfast Stout (precious few do), but it's a rock solid stout that's worth the time of any lover of this style.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from gregwilsonstl, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid black color with a smallish off white head. Roasty, earthy, cereal grain, light smoke and burnt sugar weigh heavy on the nose. Thick viscous creamy mouthfeel with a touch if alcohol. Light sweet brown sugary malt flavor with plenty of molasses, roast, and dark caramel. Light dark pitted fruit flavor with hints of ethanol and a light graininess. Medium to full body with a light level of carbonation. Huge big thick stout, I wasn't quite expecting that from the oatmeal stout on the label, but very nice sipper on this cool fall night.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours very dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a large ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has rich aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, a touch of molasses, and slight dark fruits.

T: The taste reveals a big coffee influence I didn't detect in the nose as well as chocolate, a touch of dark fruits, and a slight bitterness from either hops or the roasted malt.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. Slightly thin on the finish but about right for the style.

O: Very tasty stout with about everything you'd like from a beer of this style. Recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to SSW117. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark black with a mocha brown head that quickly dissipates to leave a flat top and a thin line of mocha along the edges of the glass. Some small carbonation bubbles rising along of the side the glass, hard to see further since the beer is opaque but I'd say about average carbonation for a stout. Some spotty lacing.

S- Oatmeal, some light dark chocolate, some malts, and some very light licorice. About average aroma strength, but smells very nice.

T- Oatmeal, some light caramel malts and hint of butterscotch, finishes slightly bitter with a tiny bit of hops and some light dark chocolate. The light bitterness and chocolate lingers on the palate for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, nice carbonation, goes down easily.

O- This was a nice oatmeal stout. Nice flavor, decent mouthfeel, a fairly nice aroma. I definitely enjoyed drinking this however I wouldn't say it's the best oatmeal stout I've had. Definitely glad I got to try it, thanks again Sam! Thanks a lot for sending this, definitely appreciated!

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with a finger and a half worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt and oats.

Taste- Roasted malt and light coffee flavor with a hint of char and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth. Light amount of carbonation.

Overall- A nice stout with no hint of booziness from the ABV. An easy drinking and enjoyable stout.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a great brew... with a nice head that grows a few seconds after the pour like a good stout. opaque in color. the nose lack a little in definition. its mild at best of chocolate and maltiness. the palate has a wonderful body. with malt, smokey bitterness, and chocolate. the malt is there. the beer as the mild sweet finish of a oatmeal stout. not particularly on the ridiculously sweet side. so it was balanced. great texas brew.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Texas beer! Got this one as an extra in a recent trade with jenray. Poured into my NB Globe.

A - Pours pitch black with a small one finger tall tan head leaving minimal lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and a touch of booze. Not overly complex yet enjoyable none the less.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roast and coffee grounds that linger throughout the sip. Some chocolatey sweetness creeps in after the roast dies down a touch but it doesn't stick around for very long. Finish is pretty roasty with a small alcohol burn.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, roasty, feel that clings to the pallet after each sip.

O - Not too bad. It was fairly well balanced and easy to drink. This one really hit the spot on a cold night like tonight.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of deapokid
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ginger Man in Austin on $3 Texas pint night. From notes. pours black, thin mocha head fades to flim and ring. Spotty lacing. SMELL kinda faint roasty, some heat. Later some rich caramel maltyness, sweet maple syrup. TASTE licorice, roasty, lightly boozy, vaguely molasses, caramel malty. FEEL rich, smooth, some warming, full body, clean finish. OVERALL very easy drinking for a big beer. Alc well hidden.

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Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into (sadly) a hotel cup.

A: Very dark brown....black. No head, save a very slight smattering of bubbly patches. Just a bit of beer ring lacing.

S: Hearty, robust, roasted espresso malt with a slight tinge of molasses and dark unsweetened chocolate. A really nice tone of fresh roasted grains.

T: Really woody malt. Nice pungent balance of fermented grains, roasted coffee beans, and unsweetened chocolate.

M: Hearty and thick, with a really pungent, dry finish. High alcohol character is apparent.

D: High alcohol makes this a sipper.

Atmosphere is good. Dark intimidating appearance, but no real head, and not much lacing. Nose is heavy and hearty combination of grains and coffee and dark chocolate all charred together. Flavor is woody and malty with a pungent balance of fermented grains. Roasted malt and coffee. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of slaphappysnark
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.