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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009)
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Photo of nickhiller


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 21:58:28 | More by nickhiller
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 06:01:56 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of TexasTowHead


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

This pours an inky brown, almost like crude oil. Minimal dun head with golden lacing left behind as it is consumed. The smell is overwhelmingly of coffee and roasted malt. Coffee dominates the taste as well, with a inkling of bittersweet chocolate.

It is thin in the mouth with very little creaminess, but this is a relatively easy drinking beer with little hint of the ABV. I enjoyed this but wouldn't go seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:43:03 | More by TexasTowHead
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 00:27:24 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of NewGeneric


4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:50:37 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of rtepiak


3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 19:30:41 | More by rtepiak
Photo of chcfan


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from jefferz5000.

Bottle into Fuller's nonic.

There isn't a whole lot to say about this beer, but there is a lot to enjoy.

Pitch black in color.

Smells of chocolate, roast, and a hint of smoke even.

Taste follows the smell well. The 8.5% tastes more like 4%.

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout really shines in drinkability.

I could sit back and throw down a few of these because it has a good, full flavor, smoothness and doesn't kill the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 00:47:56 | More by chcfan
Photo of busternuggz


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured thick like oil from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Almost opaque black color with a nice 1/4" mocha colored creamy head, that retained a ring throughout drinking and left some spotty lacing.
Smells come through of roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, and a little bit of a creamy/milky character.
The taste is very rich and full flavored; dark chocolate and smoke foremost, with a great roasty character and a hint of creaminess on the end that lasts a while in the aftertaste.
The texture comes on full and robust and fades into a nice soft creaminess, with just a little viscosity.
For all of its bold flavor, very drinkable. I finished mine quickly, maybe just because it tasted so good.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 23:27:38 | More by busternuggz
Photo of wagenvolks


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Quite the stunning pour, Convict Hill pours with an oily, jet-black body into the glass--near opaque and sporting a sizable crown of dark tan head. The bubbles slowly retreat to a sticky ring of foam that clings to the tulip's edge. Aroma's no slouch, either. Rich oatiness adds a hint of vanilla, while a solid malt backing provides milk chocolate and espresso. Notes of raisin and other dark fruits in the background balance with a touch of earthy hops.

Roasty, dark coffee notes blend with Baker's chocolate and a grainy oat note. Mocha bitterness lingers into the finish and clashes with the hops nicely. Alcohol is well-hidden until the very end (plus that familiar warming sensation below). Mouthfeel is velvety smooth at first, but the carbonation picks up mid-sip to add a bit of kick to the finish. The medium-thick body is near perfect in consistency: luxurious on the palate, but never too heavy. This stuff is really good--maybe even better than on-tap, which is a rarity. Independence had never really impressed me until I tried this beer almost a year ago. I just might have to start revisiting some of their other bottled selections, because Convict Hill is one excellent Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 04:56:26 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 01:19:25 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of northaustin


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 06:25:24 | More by northaustin
Photo of BeanBone


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:42:28 | More by BeanBone
Photo of elNopalero


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 20:18:31 | More by elNopalero
Photo of nataku00


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 22:37:21 | More by nataku00
Photo of bisonkron


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Dark black/brown in Color. Very thin head with no lace, carbonation was a bit low as is most of Independence offerings.

S: very coffee/chocolaty. Had some chocolate milk there as well. Sweet caramel notes. still a bit grainy/earthy as well.

T: tasted of coffee/toffee/chocolate malts. Very chocolate milky. Had a bit of sweetness and earthiness there as well.

M: Very creamy/smooth. Not very heavy for a stout but still nice. went down easy enough.

O: Something I will go back to in the future. very much exceeded what I had expected from Independence.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:35:49 | More by bisonkron
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 02:23:34 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of MurphyMacManus


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler into pint glass

A: Opaque black with a short-lived tan head. I remember the head being better straight from the tap. Maybe my growler wasn't sealed properly.

S: Dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, coffee.

T/M: Bittersweet chocolate, raisins (?), more dark fruit, coffee, maybe molasses or brown sugar. Thick, chewy, viscous mouthfeel.

D: There's nothing wrong with it to take away from drinkability, but it is a bit strong for a session beer.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2010 06:41:01 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off coffee scents

T - Follows the nose of roasted malt with coffee flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty decent beer that I'd drink again and for an Independence beer that says something

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 21:24:19 | More by armock
Photo of kungpao


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Ginger Man in houston.

A- Looks like a thin pitch black stout with a small 1 and quarter inch soapy head.

S- Wasnt expecting the chocolate and coffee to come threw as much on this beer as much as it did. The oatmeal was very suddle and a bit over powered by the roasted malts and chocolate.

T- I havent had too many oatmeal stouts to compare to, but this one was pretty great tasting. Roasted malts and chocolate on the intial tasting with a coffee and suddle oatmeal smoothness to finish.

M- Inbetween thin and medium on the mouthfeel. Little amount of carbonation.

D- For the style this is not bad drinkability wise. I could easily have had more than one pint.

Overall- Interesting take on oatmeal stout. Big complex flavors, but not as perfectly balanced and smooth as it could be. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and will repurchase on tap and wouldnt hesitate to pick up a four pack on ocasion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 19:39:33 | More by kungpao
Photo of champ103


3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind as the foam recedes.
S: Roasted malt, toffee, and coffee. The coffee is strong and acrid.
T: Follows the nose, but the acrid and bitter coffee is a little to strong. Roasted malt lingers.
M/D: A medium body, but a little thin considering what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Harsh prickly carbonation. Not hard to drink, but this is a one and done.

I was not really impressed with this. More acrid coffee that I want for the style, and not nearly as creamy and smooth as I was expecting. Oatmeal Stouts should be incredibly smooth and creamy with a bit of sweetness. This is not. Not bad, but poorly made for the style IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 02:01:52 | More by champ103
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Draught House.

Pours dark brown with a cream-colored head. The aroma is roasted malts with some chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt, coffee, cream and some chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and is pretty creamy. Low carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 21:34:42 | More by Mora2000
Photo of fjordhook


4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the draught house. Pours with a black color, minimal head, it looks almost oily. Smell was very creamy, hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste was creamy as well. Compared to other stouts, this was an easy drink. Even with a higher ABV, the blend was done well enough where it was hardly noticeable. Great beer from start to finish. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 23:59:53 | More by fjordhook
Photo of sprucetip


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 03:10:17 | More by sprucetip
Photo of omnigrits


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Also on tap at the new Ginger Man.

I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and I'm not disappointed. It pours dark, dark, dark with a tan head that shrinks a little too quickly but leaves good lace. Plenty of coffee in the nose and, of course, burnt malts. The chocolate that you you normally find in this kind of beer plays second fiddle here and the oat flavours are nicely balanced.

Not as sweet as some oatmeal stouts, and that's very much to my liking. I much prefer the drier, more bitter style. This is somewhere between a Stone RIS and a Bear Republic Big Black Stout. It's got something for everyone I reckon.

Mouthfeel is full but not too heavy. Again, nicely balanced. Independence have really hit the nail on the head with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 19:59:33 | More by omnigrits
Photo of RuinationPress


4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a tulip glass and was a very nice deep brown, almost black in fact. It's so thick, Superman couldn't see through this one! Guinness beware! I nice thick head to start that settles into a pleasurable thin head which leaves a lacing that makes the glass all giddy!

To smell this one, is to experience great pleasure. If the pugnant chocolate aroma doesn't get you, the actual oatmeal smell from the oats will. I took a sip as quickly as I could, but then had to sniff this one again. Wow, unusual to have a local craft brew come out with a stout this nice.

To taste this one is to experience an Oatmeal Stout that truly speaks for this style. The chocolate comes out immediately hits you and then the oats. Kind of like having a bowl of chocolate oatmeal! The taste of hops does not seem that prevalent.

The longer this one lingers, the more the oats come out. What surprised me, was that I seemed to get more of the hops as well. Very thick, but not so thick that it becomes a meal all its own.

Over all, I was more than impressed (if you couldn't tell!). I am a huge lover of Stouts and Porters, Stone's Imperial Russian and Oatmeal Stouts in particular, but this impressed me. Hidden away in the heart of Texas' capital, a gem of a brewery awaits those that are willing to seek it out. Not sure what the ABV is, but seems around 7-8%. Paired nicely with the chicken wrap, chips and queso I had for lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2009 05:03:43 | More by RuinationPress
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.