Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout
Independence Brewing Co.

Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #90
Ranked #12,194
3.92 | pDev: 10.71%
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Very Good
Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 10/10/19 poured into Boilier snifter.

Has a really tall beige head of 3 fingers, receding gradually and slowly to one and a half; strong dark chocolate body underneath.

Aroma is heavy on molasses/dark fruit and black ashy malt. Some cardamom and porta-john as well.

Flavor brings acidic roast to the palate, followed by some buried dark fruits and ash.

Feel is creamy and full with lots of carbonation and bite. Moderate alcohol heat. Moderate dryness. High acidity.

Overall, it's a solid recipe but it's not flavorful/unique enough to have me come back to it. It's somewhere between a bitter Russian Imperial Stout and a milk stout.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Apr 09, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been a long time since I’ve last had this and was a bit surprised I had not reviewed this before.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with beautiful creamy head and great lacing. Smell and taste of dark chocolate and berries. Earthy and a bit herbal. Excellent beer and will drink it again soon!

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Photo of Prince_Porter
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best oatmeal stout I’ve ever had hands down. I have a really hard time finding this beer. If I knew a place in my area that had it I would buy it all the time.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – the beer pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a thick head of tan colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a roasted malt smell mixed with a nice oaty aroma as well as some aromas of vanilla and bread. Along with these aromas comes a slightly doughy smell and a bit of cola and an odd, sorta off musty smell.
Taste- The taste begins with a very roasty and toasty taste that has a nice smooth creamy oatmeal tastes associated with it. As the taste moves forward the oatmeal gets even more pronounced all while the darker roasted and toasted notes dwindle a bit. At the same time the sweetness increases as well. Upfront, there is a moderate showing of a caramel and cocoa taste which get stronger and stronger as the taste advances. With a bit more grain joining the taste at the end, one is left with a dark and roasty, but smooth oatmeal taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is super thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather light. For the tastes, style, and abv. the feel is fantastic and makes for a nice mouth coating-slow sipper.
Overall – Other then the odd aroma of the brew, this is a great oatmeal stout!! Thick, roasty, creamy, sweet, but not too sweet, and nice and warming/inviting.

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Darkmagus82 from Virginia, Dec 21, 2019
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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A stout lover’s stout to be sure. Dark, rich, and creamy. My favorite beer from Texas and in my top 5 beers of all time. As I write this as I’m enjoying the 100 rated Founder’s Breakfast Stout and dreaming of Convict Hill. At its (Convict Hill) current score of 88 it is underrated when compared to the more widely distributed Founders Breakfast Stout. All stouts should be oatmeal stouts forever, Amen.

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chikinhammr from Arkansas, Nov 21, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Independence Brewing’s Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout 8% ABV 25 IBU. This Oatmeal Stout pours a dark roasted coffee brown almost black but a little bit of light shines through the bottom of the glass it has a two finger width khaki colored head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is of roasted coffee and rich roasted malts intertwined with dark chocolate. The flavor follows the aroma with roasted malts being the backbone of the flavor with hints of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee before finishing with a slight hop bitterness the mouthfeel is a little thin for a oatmeal stout but not too bad I do wish it was a bit creamier and thicker. 4.50/5

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Photo of gr8ful
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

looks great...deep, deep brown, almost black with rich dark tan head...not quite 1/2 an inch. it's leaving an attractive lace as I sip more and more. poured from a 12 oz bottle's fairly odorless. not bad...I just don't smell much.

Taste...good , solid stout. smooth tasting without that "bite" in the aftertaste that many stouts have. no real flavors stand out but they blend to make a pleasant-tasting fairly typical oatmeal stout, but executed well

it feels a tad thin but not overly so. i can feel the carbonation but not a ton of it...the way I like a stout.

overall...a solid stout I will have again. I'd like to try it on tap.

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gr8ful from Texas, Jan 16, 2019
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3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Looks and feels great but taste is a little lacking in flavor. A little over burnt flavors that overtake most of the rest of flavor. I would drink again but definitely not my favorite oatmeal stout. Doesn’t conform to typical oatmeal stouts. More of a porter.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a super solid stout, i had no idea it was 8% abv when i was drinking it, but i guess that explains a lot! its beautiful, no frills, and just really bold and flavorful. near black from the tap with a deep tan head on it, so thick and frothy it almost looks nitro. silky looking, some body but not too enormous. the flavor is great, a lot of dark roast, some coffee to it but not real bitter. the interesting thing is the absence of any sweeter grain elements, its just about the dark ones, which i love. i also think this is an excellent example of what oats can do in a beer, its so smooth and uniform and creamy feeling, which is a direct product of the oats in the mash and in a beer like this without adjuncts or barrels or anything, their contribution really stands out. there is no sign at all of the alcohol at all, and it doesnt feel as big as it is at all. raisin, toffee, and char in the background, but this is dry and direct to the point, not a ton of nuance but it isnt needed. i think this is really good, old school in the sense it is just a stout, but it really does stand up on its own and need nothing. a sneaky good beer, honestly one of the technically best i had here. underrated.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the first I am having this Texas Oatmeal Stout and I like it.

Look: Dark brown almost black with a one inch mocca head

Aroma: roasted malts, oats, a little bit of chocolate

Taste: There's roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal/oats, figs maybe, and a lingering bitterness tasting like coffee/cocoa.

Feel: medium to full body

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Photo of Tstromer
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Am I the only that tastes coffee in this stout? With some cocoa taste as well. However, not a beer I would buy again. Did not expect this to be an oatmeal stout too.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black, tan head, aroma is dark chocolate, heavy char, some stone fruit.

The taste is really heavy on the dark chocolate and stone fruit - fig, black cherry, really nice. The feel isn't as creamy as you'd expect with an oatmeal stout, otherwise this is a really nice effort by Independence.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Jul 04, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Very dark brown with creamy foam head. Malty flavors with wheat and, perhaps, cocoa mixed in. Incredibly smooth finish. Very thick and filling, but not too thick. Don't pass this one up!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is dark, espresso color body with dark khaki head. Starts with a finger and drops quickly to a thin ring. No lacing.

Smell mostly of roasted malt, maybe some coffee and sweeter notes, chocolate?

Taste is similar, the oatmeal and chocolate flavors show up much more, but the roasted malts dominate.

Feel is thick, chewy and long. Bitterness arrives later and even more cocoa notes.

Overall, very well done, and an absolute bargain. This is a very nice local stout from here in Austin that I probably walk pass a little too often.

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Photo of RavynX
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell great in a snifter glass poured cold from a bottle but all I could taste was bitterness. I'll have to try it warm to see if it mellows out the bitterness any.

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RavynX from Texas, Feb 22, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Zax. Short lived creamy head, but leaves curtains of lacing. Ruby tinged body, biting roast grains in both aroma and taste. Lingering dark chocolate on the palate. Comes off mild, but this is pretty big.

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 09, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has an aroma of oatmeal and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts with notes of chocolate and oatmeal. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4/5  rDev +2%
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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johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Oct 18, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Jet black, finger head fades fast, little lace. Mild roasty aroma with a touch of hops. Taste is roasty malt with bitter Cocoa, semi bitter dry finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel, goes down easy. Average stout with good roastiness, on the bitter side.

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NolaHopHead from Louisiana, Oct 10, 2015
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3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Jet Black, tan head
S: Some roastiness
T: Roasted malt, faint coffee
F: medium body, lingering roast
O: not as creamy as I like my oatmeal stouts

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TonyLema1 from South Carolina, Jul 26, 2015
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of thegerm87
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Creamy oatmeal, not quite slick body and feel. Sufficient carbonation. Lightly roasted malt, subtle, meaty (bacon-y) smokiness. Really well balanced and flavorful stout. Definitely a nice surprise!

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thegerm87 from Massachusetts, Jul 09, 2015
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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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gerite from Alabama, Jun 27, 2015
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3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Started at 54 degrees. Dark, dark brown to black, nice medium tan/camel foamy head with some staying power; smell is malt, slight oats. Something dark and well-roasted, as it warms. Taste is straight forward at first, nothing distinguished, no chocolate, sweetness or even heavy oats, but then gives way to a rising bitterness that just lays there persisting on the tongue. Maybe the beer is turning bad, but it smells ok. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea. I think it is just a burnt/bitter, slightly acidic taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium but finished thin on the tongue, giving way to that bitterness that lingers (oh yeah, I already covered that part). I could say something predictably silly, like, "it's a crime to recommend Convict Hill" but that would be pushing the rules and there are many raters who seem to like it well enough.

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marieli from Texas, Mar 28, 2015
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 486 ratings