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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 397
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 24
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of gford217
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Bottle nearly explodes upon opening and yields a gusher with dark tan bubbles streaming out of the bottle. Body is almost completely black and the enormous head finally settles done leaving good lacing.

Aroma is dark chocolate, cocoa powder and a ton of bubbles that fizz in the nose. Bit of coffee and oatmeal.

The taste is also very sweet with cocoa and oatmeal up front with a chalky dark chocolate texture.

The mouthfeel is crazy, crazy carbonated with tons of bubbles and medium bodied...i think, because the amount of bubbles makes it seem lighter than air.

This beer is certainly over carbonated and i was worried it might be infected, but i didn't really get an infection. That said, the carbonation is distracting and takes away from the beer a bit. (776 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours a dark brown with cocoa-colored foam resting atop it. There’s a light roasty aroma to it which turns sharp and bold on the palate. Dark chocolate bitterness dominates with a smooth, dry finish. Not bad but not one I’d break out of jail to drink again, either. (280 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (595 characters)

Photo of Libationguy
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color with a yellow rim. No head whatsoever despite being poured straight down the center of the glass. Wisps of dark tan bubbles.

Dark roast coffee, rich bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, toast and some light charcoal notes. There is a soft metallic note in the back of the nose of this beer. Overall, a mild nose for such a dark beer.

The alcohol in this beer creates a low heat that actually pushes the flavor through the palate - dark chocolate and a burnt malt flavor. Bitterness like cold coffee and a mild menthol feel from the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for such a big beer. Maybe a little over attenuated. The bitter lingers long after everything else. A little more carbonation would have helped lift things as well.

While certainly not a bad beer, just seemed to miss a little for me on several levels. A little more texture and a little richer and less astringent malt bill would push this beer up considerably. Overall, the alcohol is well integrated for such a big beer. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Soonami
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a light tan head.

Aroma features a ton of roasted malt a little sweet toffee and oats.

Flavor follows the nose. A short burst of initial toffee or chocolate sweetness followed by bitter roasted malts.

Mouthfeel nice and creamy with medium-low carbonation levels.

Pretty solid although nothing extra special. The roasted malts can be overpowering a times although the oatmeal gives it a good creamy texture. (427 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and rich with tan head and nice lacing.
Smells like roasted toasted malts, with some coffee.
Taste is okay, plenty of char and roast. The hops are there too (dry pine); I prefer less of them in porters and stouts. Bitter. I wish it was sweet.
Feels medium to light-bodied.
This was just okay to me. If you like porters and beers that are bitter and roasty, you'll like it more than I did. (403 characters)

Photo of Fnord
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I should mention that both times I've had this beer it's been at pretty close to room temperature. Long story. It's not sold in my area, though, and I don't know when I'll get a chance to try it again, so I'll review it anyway.

Appearance - Black with a two-finger brown head.

Smell - Malted milk shake, maple syrup, licorice, alcohol, and believe it or not, oats. I've never gotten that from an oatmeal stout before.

Taste - Very bittersweet. A good amount of bitter chocolate at the end, with a syrup-alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Coats the mouth well. Medium-thick body and medium carbonation.

Notes - I would call this more of an export stout than an Imperial stout. Which is good, because we need more of them. I have a couple of issues: an oatmeal stout should have a thicker mouthfeel. Also, I'm not a fan of the bitter alcohol-syrup aftertaste. Otherwise, though, it's well balanced between bitter and sweet. Not the best stout ever, but it's a decent stab at it, to be sure. (990 characters)

Photo of gerite
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark, almost black with a small tan head and good lacing. A good stout with a slightly bitter aftertaste that grows on you. Can really taste the roasted malt and hops. (219 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a small off white foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Aroma is not that strong. Light oatmeal with some dark malts and very light coffee. Dark, lightly roasted malts, with a bitter, oatmeal ending. Hints of chocolate and java at the end. Okay stout. More light bodied than I expected. (339 characters)

Photo of accordselux
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade from Texasfan549. Thanks!

Poured it into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Left a large amount of rich, tan head, with a hint of orange coloring. It slowly settled into hills and valleys of foam. I like it already.

Smell: Smell the oats right away, with some dark chocolate and toffee sweetness.

Taste: Very roasty. It tastes more like coffee than chocolate, with a little bitterness of the finish. Not sure if that is from the hops or from acidity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick- what i"m looking for in an oatmeal stout. I like that texture.

Overall: A decent oatmeal stout with high ABV. I don't like it as much as lower ABV Summit, or higher ABV Southern Tier Oat. I'd enjoy it in Texas, but not sure if I'd want to seek it out again. Great to try! (761 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff247. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a huge, brown, creamy head. Head is about 2 and half fingers and takes long time to settle down, eventually becoming a half finger tan head about half way though. Foamy lacing covers the glass at first and then slowly slides back down to meet the head.

Nose is a good mix of chocolate, some coffee and a roasted character. Not really all that strong but the aromas are there. There is definitely an underlying sweetness to it as well.

Some milk chocolate leads the way in the taste and it's quickly followed by strong roasted, probably even charred, notes. Perhaps a bit of black licorice is present. Bitter through the middle of each sip with some coffee at the finish, which is pretty dry and crisp.

Medium/thick body with higher carbonation for the style. The carbonation actually feels pretty lively on the tongue. Not sure if it's really that highly carbonated or if it just seems that way because I'm used to a lower carbonation from the style. The mouthfeel wants to be rich, creamy and smooth but the higher carbonation and dry finish prevent it from getting all the way there.

Drinkability is pretty good here. It's a slightly different take on an oatmeal stout, nothing too out there, but a bit different nonetheless. Definitely an enjoyable beer that I'd like to see again. (1,378 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2011
An expressive pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is an opaque, near perfect black color. The aroma smells sweet up front with notes of burnt prune, a bright malt sweetness, and something that makes me think of the sweetness in milk. This is backed by a subdued, roasted note that adds some cold coffee like aromatics (some burnt acidity, a touch of acrid dark roast coffee, but a fruity roasted character too) that become more noticeable as my senses adjust to this beer. When you really dig there is a touch of spiciness to the nose that seems to be a combination of the mostly not noticed alcohol and the burnt notes. As the beer warms up a nice, brown bread like, whole grain toasted character comes out in the aroma

Smooth and somewhat dense feeling as I take my first sip, but this also has a touch of a carbonic prickle to it and the density is balanced by a bitter, lightly acrid roast character that comes to dominate the finish. The roast character lingers on the palate with the flavor of deeply burnt, but still fairly smooth grain. This is sweet tasting, especially up front, which accentuates a burnt fruitiness that reminds me of prunes or perhaps raisins, but really the sweetness just reminds me of sugar; charred sugars for sure, but also notes of burnt caramelized malt and dark chocolate. As my palate adjusts to the beer it gets less sweet, more roasted and with more notes of bitter dark chocolate. There is a firm bitterness here that is from both hops and roast character and there is also a sort of spiciness to the roast grain character in the finish. The roast character also brings a touch of tartness that helps to balance the sweetness.

This beer is definitely hitting the spot right now, significantly roasted, with lots of dark chocolate notes, sweetness and bitterness in balance as well as a richness that is just hitting the spot on this cold December evening in Tucson. (2,001 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

4oz->Sam Smith 1/2 Nonic
A ~ Pours black with a maroon hue. Head is sparse, but very dark (again, in a "red" way)

S ~ Baked Apples, grape juice, vanilla extract, Quaker Oats, lactose...some herbal notes.

A ~ Burnt espresso & Hershey's Baking Chocolate dominate the palette with very ashy malts close behind. There is somewhat of a hop backbone that is very organic & resinous tasting. Malted milk & frozen yogurt are in the mix. There is an ester note that I cannot identify, but it reminds me of dried cherries & currants. There's a splash of whiskey in the flavor as well.

M ~ Sticky & Sweet but with a good amount of burnt malt to back it up. Not the smoothest Oatmeal Stout in terms of carbonation, but it still has the lush feel on the sides & tip of the tounge. Hop bitterness is moderate, with contributing bitterness from the malt. There is some booze on the throat.

D ~ Great to see a high ABV Oatmeal Stout readily In available in 4-packs. Thanks to Brad for hookin' up one of my wants. This'll be a great Wintry brew. (1,037 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque dark chocolate/black color with a very thin brown head that does not linger and does not lace

S - strong roasted notes and chocolate malt... Some hints of British hops... Very aromatic

T - the roasted and chocolate malt favors are right up front, finishes with a clean light hop flavor and bitter cocoa at the very end... Flavors enhance and sweetness increases as the beer warms

M - the biggest detractor of this beer... A bit overcarbed and stings the tongue... Swirl it up a little bit to balance it out

O - solid oatmeal stout... Cut down on the carbonation a bit by swirling it for a few seconds and you have a winner (637 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours black with more than 3 fingers worth of mocha colored head. The cap maintains fairly well with large bubbles and a creamy uneven topping. As it fades, it leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasted. Very pleasant smelling with a certain strong espresso character to it which is surprising considering ive been holding on to this bottle for close to 2 years now. There is a hint of citrus and some dark fruity almost raisin-like alcohol notes across the back. All the while, there is an ever-present fresh grain quality (oatmeal?) about this brew that is very appealing from front to back.

The taste is surprisingly more fruity with dark alcohol notes. Figs, plums, raisins, chocolate, licorice, coffee... all of the typical dark brew flavors are there but with a stronger focus on the fruity notes than anything else. Woah, this is more than 9% ok I guess that is fitting. As the brew warms up and into the aftertaste there is a bit of earth, tobacco and leather. Overall this isn't a bad brew.

This is medium bodied with a smooth feel to it. It is moderately carbonated and the alcohol is not hidden despite being aged for quite some time. I cant help but compare this beer to stone's 12th anniversary bitter chocolate stout. There is a lot of similarities here but I think if given the choice to pick between the 2 I would go with this one. Not a bad brew at all, it is worth checking out. (1,490 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (714 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is viscous opaque black with tight dark tan head. The nose is heavy on the roast, a touch chalky, bitter coffee, and a bit earthy. The taste is big, roasty, earthy, chocolatey. The finish is bitter coffee and lingers, the body is thick, creamy, highly carbonated. Not bad, a touch on the roasty/bitter side. (312 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (1,098 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of imasloth
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black with brownish/mocha head which is sizable and remains for some time.

S- Cofee, chocolate and malt, the malt smell increasing as the beer warms.

T- Opens with a chocolatey taste, followed by a coffee/malt mix into a slightly alcohol-tasting finish.

M- Very smooth, especially for such a high alcohol content. Slightly dry finish.

O- Delicious. One of my favorites of the type. (393 characters)

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.