Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout | Independence Brewing Co.

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454 Ratings
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Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
independencebrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Redrover on 02-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
454
Reviews:
144
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
124
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 454 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 cdwil
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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Photo of mig100
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Not quite black, a very dark brown pour. Good sized and very dense chocolate milk-colored head. Solid lacing and great thick lacework left behind.

S: Interesting aroma. Smells more like a toasted malt than a roasted malt. Notable oatmeal and a little bit of char.

T: Lots and lots of oatmeal in this one. Heavy on the graininess from start to finish. Sweet, creamy oatmeal blends with a charry roasted malt and hints of chocolate to make for a really nice treat. Even get some bitter roasted coffee, particularly on the back end with hints of char and just enough oatmeal and chocolate to sweeten it up a bit.

M: Medium bodied and ultra smooth and creamy.

O: Really nice oatmeal stout, took me by surprise. Robust oatmeal flavor really balances out the roasted malt flavors, while lending such a creamy mouthfeel. Really good oatmeal stout, one of the best. Delicious.

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Photo of thegerm87
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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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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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout has a fairly thin, tan head and a very dark brown appearance, with red highlights under light. A thin lacing sheen is left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, dark-roasted barley malt, cream, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor is of all those, plus some astringency, coal, and a mellow hop bitterness across the sip. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and viscous, and Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout finishes dry, sweet, and wonderful. This is a delicious beer, and the drinker just does not pick up the 8% abv. Overall, I rate it most excellent.

RJT

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good, black body with an excellently thick brown head.

Aroma hits you with chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, and caramel. There is a soft, grass like hop nose.

The taste is a rich, chocolate-y delight. Rich and complex with noir goodness. Bitter-sweet chocolate sweetness blends nicely with a medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a slightly sweet finish.

This is a well-made stout. Rich and delicious. Nicely balanced across the board. Worth the effort to find some.

Thanks to Tim from Houston for adding this into the beer trade...

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

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of kwjd
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 454 ratings.
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