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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout | Independence Brewing Co.

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Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Redrover on 02-12-2009

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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 442
Photo of scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with a finger and a half worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt and oats.

Taste- Roasted malt and light coffee flavor with a hint of char and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth. Light amount of carbonation.

Overall- A nice stout with no hint of booziness from the ABV. An easy drinking and enjoyable stout.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.


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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/4/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, oatmeal, caramel, molasses, light coffee, dark fruits, roasted malt, and roasted earthiness. Very nice and balanced dark/roasted malt aromas; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, coffee, oatmeal, slight dark fruit, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt on the finish for a bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of roasted/dark malt flavor; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and chewy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9.2%, with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial oatmeal stout! Great robustness and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A gift from my nephew that has been in the cellar for about a year. Oily black in color, but an aggressive pour yielded a few carbonation bubbles with almost no head and some spotty lacing. Very subdued nose with some subtle roastiness with hints of oats and coffee. For what this lacked in appearance and smell, it more than makes up for in the taste. Very rich and flavorful with great roasty notes. Lots of fresh roasted coffee along with hints of oatmeal, caramel, dark chocolate, and molasses. The mouthfeel is rich and thick and extremely smooth with a nice subtle bitter finish. The alcohol is extremely well hidden making this scary drinkable, but it's rich enough to be a sipper. Overall an outstanding interpretation of the style!

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Photo of KKB
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – This is just some pitch black goo, with almost no light let into the body at all. The head is a frothy wheat toast, albeit it is somewhat limited with only about a finger of height, though it does appear rather sticky—and this is proven by the goodly amount of lacing it leaves down the sides of my glass. Looks like a good brew right here.

S – Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a sugary sweetness as well. Smells pretty good, though I’m a little disappointed. This doesn’t really have the typical smells of a good oatmeal stout. We shall see though.

T – But you know what, I have immediately eaten my words. This tastes great. I’m utterly partial to oatmeal stouts which doesn’t help and unbiased rating, but this does taste rather delicious. A lot of dark chocolate, you can definitely taste the burnt malt as well though, giving it a kind of cool interplay between bitter and sweetness that results in a rather fine beer. Not outstanding flavor, but still very good and very well crafted.

M – The mouthfeel is just about spot on, very close to what I hope for from any stout. The body is closer to full than medium, but it is still a little bit on the light side which is the only thing keep this mouthfeel from being perfect. Otherwise, just the right amount of carbonation (not much, which is consistent with a good stout), smooth if somewhat caustic on the taste buds. Nice mouthfeel.

O – I do recommend this little lady. I mean, if you are staring at Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout and this, obviously side with the former, but this is definitely worth a try. It is a very good oatmeal stout and deserves recognition as such. Job well done…After all this I JUST saw that it is a 9.2% ABV beer. What? This is incredibly well disguised. That’s going to get a good .5 added to the flavor for sure. Nice job indeed.

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Photo of 94Sip
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured the very typical stout black color and mocha head. The nice thing about this one was that the head never totally dissipated, but instead maintained about a 1/4" thickness and stuck to the glass going down. Looked great for the whole drinking experience.

S: nothing overly aromatic that I felt worth noting. And not to take anything away from the beer as it was what I expected from a stout. Perhaps a bit of oat smells along with the typical roasted smells.

T: This is where this stout really excelled. For a high ABV beer you could not taste the alcohol or bite at all. The perfect amount of sweetness, but different that a milk stout. Like most stouts the tastes were great after about 15minutes of pouring and warming just a bit. Like others have noted, lots of chocolate - very consistent chocolate flavors. Also some very smooth coffee flavors - not bitter or dark roasted bite either. And at the end you get the oatmeal flavors. I kept finding myself wanting to leave it in my mouth to let the flavors last.

M: really good here. Just the right amount of viscosity and the fact that the head stayed with it only added to it. Also, the carbonation was spot on - better than most stouts.

O: one of my favorite stouts. Nice bold flavors and great when it is cold outside. Perhaps the only negative was there appeared to be some sediment at the bottom of the glass when I got to the end. After I drank the first bottle I left a few swigs in the 2nd glass because I didn't want the sediment. It made the last drink a bit strong and bitter.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured black with low carbonation leaving som tannish bubbles but not to much of a head or lacing

S: Smells of flaked oats, light chocolate and faint hints of coffee

T: Starts off with faked oat an coffee which transitions int som milk chocolate, light coffee. The finish is sordov astringent, sme bitternss, rather clean

M: Medium to big body, hearty but I felt it was undercarbonated, somewhat creamy

O: Pretty average. The booze is maskd very well. i would have never guessedthis beer was 9% ABV

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to SSW117. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark black with a mocha brown head that quickly dissipates to leave a flat top and a thin line of mocha along the edges of the glass. Some small carbonation bubbles rising along of the side the glass, hard to see further since the beer is opaque but I'd say about average carbonation for a stout. Some spotty lacing.

S- Oatmeal, some light dark chocolate, some malts, and some very light licorice. About average aroma strength, but smells very nice.

T- Oatmeal, some light caramel malts and hint of butterscotch, finishes slightly bitter with a tiny bit of hops and some light dark chocolate. The light bitterness and chocolate lingers on the palate for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, nice carbonation, goes down easily.

O- This was a nice oatmeal stout. Nice flavor, decent mouthfeel, a fairly nice aroma. I definitely enjoyed drinking this however I wouldn't say it's the best oatmeal stout I've had. Definitely glad I got to try it, thanks again Sam! Thanks a lot for sending this, definitely appreciated!

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Photo of csiewert
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout pours out of the bottle with some degree of assertiveness. The nose of this beer offers some hints of cocoa, caramel, and dark fruits. A good deal of lacing and a nice amount of foam make for a pleasing first impression.

Moving to the taste, this oatmeal stout has a creamy body with flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, espresso, and fruit. There is little in the way of alcoholic flavor, which is suprising considering the high alcohol content. The body has a silkiness about it that is common for this style.

Oatmeal stouts are usually on the sweet side, but this one is actually better balanced than most. The sweet malts and the contributions from the oats are obvious, but the overall taste attempts to balance itself out before the bottle is finished and it does a decent job doing exactly that. It actually reminds me of some of the homebrewed stout I made in the past.

Overall, this is not the absolute greatest example of an oatmeal stout, but still a pretty good effort from Independence Brewing and one of the better products I have tried from this brewery.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice oily black with a very nice one finger thick mocha head that leaved very good side lacing and recedes into a nice fat quarter inch dense blanket.

S - Pleasant aromas of burnt, roasted malts and oats. Very light chocolate and coffee, oats are very nicely showcased.

T - Wow, alright. Another solid performance. More of those really nice almost burnt malts with nice roasty qualities. Some slight toffee like caramel sweetness with more of those powerful oats. The chocolate is there, faintly, and there is some nice bitter coffee finish.

M - Super smooth and silky and velvety. Its mid 80s and this is incredibly drinkable.

O - This is 9%+, no way. Delicious, very well done. As hot as I am I find myself quickly going back for another drink of this. Very impressed with this oatmeal stout.

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Photo of DevilsCups
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle sourced in a Texas trade. Nice labeling.

A - Pretty good for an oatmeal stout. I notice that oatmeal stouts usually hit the appearance notes I like in a stout. Very dark body with a very dark brown head. Welcoming for sure.

S - Pretty average for a stout. Coffee notes with a background of a bit of chocolate. A bit of "musty basement" to it, but it's not offensive.

T - Coffee notes again, with a bit of a bakers chocolate tang to it. A bit sweet/tart on the tongue. Not bad, but not crazy complex. This is one of those beers that would benefit from a dash of cayenne similar to the OA Chocolate Yeti. The ABV is hidden very, very well. This drinks like a 6% stout.

M - A bit thin, but great carbonation. Nothing crazy. Doesn't really coat your mouth or anything. At 9.2% it would be nice to have a bit more thickness to it.

O - Pretty easy going oatmeal stout. Hides the ABV fantastically well for a beer this big. I'd pick some up every now and then if it were a local.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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 stakem
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured jet black with2 fingers of dark brown fluffy head - TONS of perfect lacing

S - toasted oats, slight hint of bourbon and chocolate

T - well balanced sweet and bitterness from the toasted grains, nutty aftertaste, buttery

M - smooth, rich, creamy

O - i just realized how heavy of a stout this is and am shocked at the lack of alcohol smell! well done! a very nice light tasting stout, well balanced in every aspect.

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Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours very dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a large ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has rich aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, a touch of molasses, and slight dark fruits.

T: The taste reveals a big coffee influence I didn't detect in the nose as well as chocolate, a touch of dark fruits, and a slight bitterness from either hops or the roasted malt.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. Slightly thin on the finish but about right for the style.

O: Very tasty stout with about everything you'd like from a beer of this style. Recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of imasloth
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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