Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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88
very good

387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 24
Gots: 86 | 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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Ratings: 387 | Reviews: 137
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of imasloth
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from Texasfan549, finally cold enough outside to enjoy it. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours black with a nice tan head that lingers for a bit.

S - Plenty of oatmeal in this smell, with a chocolaty roasted malt background. Smells very thick and hearty, hoping the beer follows through.

T - Plenty of roasty malt in there with that oatmeal creating a looming dark presence in the backend of the taste. The oatmeal is a little too much of the show I feel, slightly one dimensional. Get a peanut like taste after a while from all the oatmeal. Little off putting but but not a bad taste overall.

M - Thick and hearty just like the smell implied. Beer sits real heavy for an oatmeal stout, feels like an imperial oatmeal stout.

O - Perfect for a cold night like tonight. This beer is pretty unrelenting in oatmeal and malt, giving a dry but heavy stout. Given another 30 degree night, I would have another.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A - black, no head, slightly unremarkable

S - chocolate and dark caramel malts; a bit subtle

T - lots of dark chocolate, coffee, leather with an enduring bitterness. Missing a bit of balance.

M - fairly light with little to no carbonation. Coats the mouth slightly.

D - fairly drinkable but the bitternes

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Skuter, ChewyLewy, and scribe594 for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and oat flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice cocoa and char combination going on in the flavor.

Photo of northaustin
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours solid black with minimal brown head that has good retention and leaves a stringy lacing.

smell: heavy oat dose, minimal roast and a sort of wheaty mineral background. fluctuates between nice roasted oats awesomeness and weird soy sauce mineral weirdness.

taste is much more mellow than the smell. nice roast, with minimal coffee. once again oat is upfront.

mouthfeel: silky in the throat but very creamy in the cheeks. best part so far.

drinkability: cant really go wrong at 5.99 a four pack. the alchohol is very well masked and the beer is full of flavor. it just smells weird in my opinion. it is also very fresh right now and i cant wait to see how this tastes after a few months. this and stash are becoming my go to local grab.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 22 Aug 2010. Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Thick tight large brown head, the color of the leftover milk at the end of a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. Well carbonated. Beer is opaque black. Aromas of coffee and chocolate chip cookies. Lightly sweet, but much drier than the aroma would suggest. Bittersweet chocolate and mocha. Roasty coffee and dark grains throughout. Some ethanol burn in the finish. Medium body, slick mouthfeel.

Not as much oatmeal presence as I would like but still decent.

Photo of Wisconsuds
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence brewing in Texas. Poured from 12oz bottle into my Silver Creek Brewing oversized snifter.

Dark brown colored ale with a cm of dark brown head. Disappeared quickly, leaving Jackson Pollack style lacing on the glass. Booyaa, art reference!

Smell is dominated by oatmeal + chocolate. Roasted malt takes a backseat but shows up in the end.

Normally I like my stouts to be on the viscous side. This ones a bit thin, but isn't detrimental to the taste. A pleasurable representation of an oatmeal stout.

Mild carbonation tickles the epiglottis. Bam, anatomy reference! Would reach for another, which says a lot about its staying power.

I'll take another,BA Texasclimber. A simple stout that possibly caught me off guard tonight. Good stuff from TX.

Photo of mattboyer182
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates very quickly.

S - I smell chocolates and bourbon. Maybe a slight alcohol scent.

T - first thing I felt was this beer was kind of bland for what it should be. It's got small chocolate notes but I can't really taste much else.

M - medium bodied and highly carbonated.

O - it's not that bad but it lacks complexity that makes good beer what it is.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle fresh from the new release. Pours a light black color with a thin layer of light brown foam. Takes an aggressive pour to yield anything more than a finger and a half. Fades too quickly for an oaty stout, not much lace.

Nose has a milky coffee aspect that is nice along with some sweet malts and a touch of roast. Just a hint of cardboard, but not much...overall a pretty nice oatmeal stout nose and the high ABV is not detected in the smell.

Taste is pretty smooth with a nice balance between roast and sweetness. There are hints of Irish dry stout sourness that are not all that uncommon in an oatmeal stout, I kinda like it. It's a tad thin and does not have the viscous creamy feeling many of the best display, but this is easily and hands down the best beer from Independence, not even close. With all the new upstarts in Austin, they will need some firepower like this to compete.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with little tan head. Oats, roasted malt, some coffee, and some cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some roastiness.

Photo of sbauer
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of chocolate, some coffee bitters. Bitter aftertaste lasted longer than I'd like in a stout.

Photo of NefariousR
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stout, Not as smooth as I was expecting with an oatmeal stout, but there is somewhat of an alcohol "bite" present. Poured a dark black color into my pint glass. No light got through. A good dark head..brown in color. Retention is minimal. Leaves just a ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty light as well.

Smell has sweetness (molasses), coffee and vanilla in addition to maltiness.

Taste is good. A syrupy molasses presence, coffee, roasted malts, a little alcohol burn and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, not as smooth as many oatmeal stouts because of the higher abv and alcohol presence. More like an American Double Stout.

Overall a good strong stout. Perfect for a slow sipper on a cool night.

Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to texasfan549! The pour is viscous, slight tan head on top of a oily,black liquid. The aroma is burnt coffee, dark chocolate. The flavor is full of dark roasted notes, burnt coffee, slightly bitter finish. The body is full, light carbonation, no discernable booze. Solid stout, a tad too heavy on the roasted notes, but very enjoyable.

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.

Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of tjkinate
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of orangesol
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of dubinsky
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of deapokid
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.