Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout | Independence Brewing Co.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Redrover on 02-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
451
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
123
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 451 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of Bearman13
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of brett606
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jkhobbs99
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ReyG006
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of OddNotion
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with adam320.
From notes.
Thanks for the great selection of locals!
Poured into my Fantome Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a one finger tan head on top of a pitch black body. I love the way this beer looks!

Smell: Nice roasty smell, however it is overpowered by booziness.

Taste: I am getting to roast and some booze from the nose, however the booze is much more toned down in the taste, fortunately. I also get some nice bitterness and some chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: While it i creamy which I like in this style, it is a little over carbonated which detracts a little.

Overall: Decent, didn't blow me out of the water but it was certainly solid.

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Photo of atmatchett
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I suggest letting this one warm a little before you start drinking it

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Pretty dark body with a substantial khaki head on. Almost overflowed my glass. Retention is phenomenal. Lacing is decent.

Smell - Sweet caramel smell first, followed by a chocolate roasted malt aroma. Not a strong smell and not really stout-smelling.

Taste - Very oatmeal-forward. So much oatmeal that a lot of the stout characteristics are lost. Nevertheless, there's a hint of coffee at the start and some milk chocolate in the middle. Lots of oatmeal in the finish and a hefty bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste as thick or heavy as I'd expect from 8.5%. High in carbonation, too. Really, it feels too light as a result. Bitter finish is never my favorite in a stout like this, either.

Overall - It's certainly not bad. I am enjoying it, but I wouldn't say it's anything special. The same stout that your local brewery is making right now.

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Photo of RavynX
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Photo of MaddoJay
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What better way to celebrate being back in the ATX than to stop in Spec's and buy a four-pack of something local?

A: Pours the darkest shade of brown, with a thin, whispy, tan layer of cream that leaves no lacing.

S: Convict Hill's aroma is, above all, roasty and burnt. A hint of alcohol wafts through the oatmeal, chocolate, and espresso notes. Stronger sniffs also reveal a sprinkling of plum.

T: The flavor is, again, dark and roasty, with a sharp but not overwhelmingly strong hop bite up front. This brew is rather dry, and while it starts off great, by the end of the bottle, a black patent burnt bitterness builds and dwarves the other tastes. I found the second bottle to be substantially less enjoyable than the first. On the plus side, the high ABV is well-disguised.

M: The oatmeal definitely lends a smooth creaminess to the mix, but the dark, ashy bitterness dominates the mouthfeel after 6 or 8 ounces.

D: Low. The first sips were great, but CHOS is too acrid for drinkability.

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Photo of youradhere
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black, too much head- filled the pint with less than and inch of liquid. Smells like berries, coffee, cherries, slight earthy must. Tastes like cherries, coffee, dark breads and more fruit. The carbonation is a bit excessive, it has been 5 mins and the bubbles are still going strong. Some cola and toffee flavors, I also get some bell pepper in the after taste. Mouthfeel tries to be smooth and creamy, but this carbonation is waaaay too much for this. I don't want to say infected, but there is something up with this bottle. Still good, but not in the capacity that it could be.

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Photo of DevilsCups
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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 shivtim
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a buddy for bringing this back for me from a trip to Texas.

Design reminds me of Jailhouse Breakout Stout.
Poured into a pint glass. Thick brown/black, with a huge creamy mocha head. Like a dark rootbeer float. Head lasts and lasts.

Nose is sweet malts. Slightly nutty and a bit toasty. Gentle hint of vanilla.

Taste is dry roasted malts and molasses. Ashy. Not very complex.

Pretty good mouthfeel.

Overall a decent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of roodie
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a dark brown/cola black with scant dark brown head, no retention, faint lacing. Very fizzy on the surface

S: hints of cola, but a bit chalky. some light vanilla, but not that appetizing. roasted malts add some smoky aspects

T: much of the same as above, but vanilla a bit more pronounced, making it sweeter and mellows out the cola/chalk.

M: thin, light carbonation adds some pleasant fizzy vanilla cola aftertaste.

O: Not bad, not my favorite style, but this seems about average from my perspective of the style.

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Photo of Junichi
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Humulus85
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tjkinate for this one...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. Produced a nice two finger, dark khaki, head that dissipated disappointedly quickly and left virtually no lacing. Nice, virtually opaque, black color, typical of the style.

Smells off strong roasted malt; coffee and cocoa notes with some bread and a bit of booze that tingles the nostrils.

Tastes like your typical Oatmeal Stout upfront, with roasted coffee and chocolate malt, but it really isn't very sweet. There's a welcome hop backing to the beer, that along with touch of booze at the finish, actually makes this a pretty decent tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style; a light body for how much flavor it has, good carbonation, and relatively dry. This is a true session stout.

Overall this is a solid offering from Independence Brewing Co. I'm not familiar enough with Stouts to offer improvements, but with the exception of it's superior drinkability, nothing really stood out to me as exceptional. I would still take this over a regular Guinness any day. Cheers!

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received a few bottles of this in a trade. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I initially started pouring this down the side to keep the head in check, then poured straight down the center for the last 3rd of the pour to get the desired crown. However, this beer generated but a few columns of fizz. Otherwise, it's perfectly opaque like just about every other stout on earth. The smell is the best part of this beer by far. Chocolate, a bit of tofffee and/or caramel, and a roasted grainy scent that is just terrific. The taste isn't quite up to par with the bouquet, however. It's quite bitter with a heavy dose of black coffee dominating the flavor profile. Charred oak with a bit smokiness as well. The mouthfeel is the low point. It's very very thin, and heavily carbonated. It doesn't have the dense creaminess I prefer in my stouts. Letting it rest on your tongue is like having an 9-volt battery in contact with its tip. Not a pleasant feel at all. Overall, not a stout I plan on revisiting. I'll give the remaining bottles away as extras so others can tick this and form their own opinions.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Very low hissing noise as I popped the cap. On the pour this baby comes out jet black with some dark dark brown hues around the edge of my glass. I was left with a beautiful one finger thick dark cocoa colored head that quickly faded away. When I hold my glass up to the light there is absolutely no light passing through and appears to be very clear with no sediment. As I gave a slight swirl there was a decent amount of lacing but nothing very thin.

Smell:

Lots of chocolate, roast, coffee, and malty sweetness that is followed by some scorched brown sugar. I am not getting any form of hop presence here, just some nutty undertones. Maybe hot chocolate ? Vanilla ?

Taste:

Just like a chocolate milkshake, super smooth and velvet like. The coffee and vanilla blend very well in this situation, not making it overly sweet. There is absolutely no bitterness or heat alcohol presence. I could see myself having this with some eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Mouthfeel:

Medium, very drinkable and not overly sweet and non noticeable alcohol which amps up its smoothness.

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Photo of flexabull
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of gn0sis, thanks again!

Beer gushed a bit when opened, and I lost a little beer. Luckily I was near the sink when I opened this, so no mess was made. Pours into the glass a thick black color with a giant tan head.

Aromas are nice, dark chocolate, espresso, oats, and mineral hops.

Taste start out a little cola like, sweet, with some caramel and faint dark chocolate. Finish is crisp, with hints of mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, but on the thin side, and over carbonated.

Drinkability is decent. This is an ok stout, but it's kind of messy, and with some obvious flaws.

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Photo of d5001986
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with minimal tan head.

S: Lots of roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Smokey, bitter burnt coffee, roasted malt, leather, a good hop presence, and a slight metallic after-taste.

M: Medium body, carbonation comes through more than expected. Surprisingly crisp, rather than the silky-smooth feel I'm accustomed to in most oatmeal stouts.

O: I'd say this was good, but definitely not great. My biggest gripe might be the smokey burnt coffee seemed to take over the entire beer. I think coffee can be great in stouts, but this one just went too far with it.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Isotope
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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