Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout | Independence Brewing Co.

Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
3.91/5
459 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Redrover on 02-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,808
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
459
pDev:
10.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
126
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 459 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of Jacobus79
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of busternuggz
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of 94Sip
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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 fjordhook
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was sent in a recent trade. Thanks, Daniel! 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Convict Hill pours jet black, with little to no light shining through. Head is thick and tan, and slowly settles to a couple of millimeters, retaining quite well.

S: This brew has one of the most roasted barley aromas I have ever experienced. Coffee and dark chocolate are also prominent, with little hop aroma.

T: Wow! This beer has a lot going on! Full-on roasted barley character, with notes of dark fruit, coffee, and bitter chocolate. A touch of burnt toast character is present, with an edgy bitterness. Hops are only noticable in the finish, and lend a dry finish.

Notes: Convict Hill is one big-ass oatmeal stout! You don't drink this beer. You chew it. Full bodied, with robust flavor and yet, still manages to hide the alcohol. Silky mouthfeel and a dry finish balance it out in perfect harmony. This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts to date, and with I had more.

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Photo of benvossler
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabre311
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agold
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for sending this one. Poured into duvel tulip. The beer pours with about 1/2 inch of beautiful brown head with good lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Really great start for this one. The flavors are great as well, although they are not quite as robust as they are in the aroma. The beer has a great creamy mouthfeel with a very fine quality to the carbonation. It is very pleasant to drink. I am a sucker for stouts and this one delivered.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of jdwilliamson79
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of legalag11
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fiedler84
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bkeller04
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AlmightyIrishman
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of adamdd
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Theortiz01
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ProImage79
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JohnBender
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NomadDawg
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 459 ratings
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