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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Redrover on 02-12-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
443
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
18.97%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
115
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 443
Photo of vdread
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout pours a solid black with ample dark brown head.

smells of heavy chocolate, roasted malt

taste is heavy with the dark chocolate malt, some oats, and an overall warming roastiness abides. having access to very fresh batches as well as older batches, i notice a strong hop presence that fades elegantly with time. lots of rich, bitter chocolate. bitter chocolate dominates and rests on the palate long after the drink is gone.

alcohol comes out after some warming, but it's not a detractor.

feel is good, thick, well carbonated.

drinkability great. it's a very enjoyable oatmeal stout, and definitely fresh- it's brewed a few minutes from here.

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Photo of flexabull
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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 youradhere
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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 deapokid
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jtortorice for this one!

Starts out with a fizzy, root beer brown head, which dissipates quickly, leaving behind a muddy film. Body is jet black with no lacing and precious little carbonation.

Scent is creamy, mixing chocolate, vanilla, a hint of anise and some doughy oats. The aroma provides more body that most oatmeal stouts, giving it a malty backbone.

Taste is light and thin upfront, packing a bitter oatmeal punch at the end. The flavor profile is varied, containing cinnamon sugar, bread crumbs, little coffee bean roastiness, brown sugar and maybe a hint of irish cream. The oats are truly the star here and they're never overshadowed by the sweeter notes.

Mouth is clean and smooth, but still capable of packing a big punch. Feeling on the tongue reminded me of Rogue's Chocolate Stout and this brew boasts many of that masterpiece's finer qualities.

8.50%! I was thinking more like 5%, especially after I killed the bottle in about 6 minutes. Despite my obvious gluttony, this Texan Oatmeal Stout packs a ton of flavor in each sip. I could see it working just as well when gently quaffed from a snifter as it did getting slammed from a nonic.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000 for this bottle.

Pours a deep brown with minimal tan head.

Smells of dark malt, and a hint of coffee.

The flavor begins with big, big roastiness. It is all nicely bitter malt, reminiscent of coffee or bitter chocolate. The bitterness fades a bit, and finishes with just a bit of sweetness.

Medium body with very little carbonation, this is a very smooth drink.

The alcohol is very well hidden. I would never have guessed the ABV of this beer.

Overall, this was a very pleasing oatmeal stout. Given the chance, I'd happily have it again.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle

First of all, hooray for bottle bombs. I just spent a good 10 minutes preventing the spilled beer from getting to the carpet. I probably lost near half the beer. This beer still however looks fine once settled, a dark beer with cocoa foam. This beer smells of chocolate, coffee, oats and a bit of oak sour. There is a bitterness from what I what I assume to be the coffee or roast qualities. This beer tastes mainly of coffee and oats, hints of dark chocolate (but that again could be a coffee roast flavor). It's way too overcarbonated on the palate as well as my coffee table, though it's not too bad overall. It was good, but not all that great.

After a second bottle was sent to me from injured reserve, that wasn't infected/overcarbonated I resubmit my score for the beer the way it was intended. As overall I would say a fairly solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened the 12 oz bottle and was greeted with a loud hiss and rush of cold air. Not quite a gusher but the beer did take over 5 minutes to pour. Head is a chocolate color, fluffy and almost 3 inches thick, Body is pitch black and opaque. Head retention is good and lacing is very nice

First smell is of sweet chocolates and roasted malts. Hops and alcohol are very faint, for almost 9 percent abv, this smells more like a milk stout.

Taste is of semi sweet chocolate with a dry finish. Burnt malts are also present and contribute a taste similar to bitter coffee. Hops accentuate that flavor and it really cuts that chocolate sweetness unfortunately. Alcohol is slightly present but just adds a touch of warmness to the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is lightened by a good dose of carbonation. Head isnt as creamy as it would appear to be.

Drink ability was good. Nice beer for a cold night. At 9 percent alcohol, it goes down smoother than most imperial stouts. Just wish there was more sweetness to the flavor and a little less bitterness. Gonna age one for a year and see if that helps

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a quickly receding, bubbly, tan head.

Smell: Roasted, fire-singed barley accompanied by soft, sweet chocolate, ground coffee, and just a small hint of vanilla.

Taste: Roasty, malty tastes of slowly, carefully melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and coffee sweetened with vanilla-flavored sugar, though the chocolate perches on the tongue the longest for me. Light prune fruitiness. A slight earthiness perks up midway along with a roasty bitterness. More of that chocolate closes things out for the slowly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation making for an overall soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though not the most attractive brew around, it's still a soundly sweet, mighty tasty stout and a nice surprise, as I had yet to try anything from Independence Brewing.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black with a tan head nice retention with a few spots of lace.

S: Aromas of deep roasted malt, slightly burnt, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee.

T: I like it. Roasted to the max. Wonderful deep roasted malt, espresso and bitter dark chocolate. Mild notes of dark fruit with tinges of caramel and toffee. That being said the sweet flavors just peek through. The roast dominates.

M: Medium in body, char, roast bitter from middle through finish. Velvet like mouthfeel

D: Good, solid brew

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler into pint glass

A: Opaque black with a short-lived tan head. I remember the head being better straight from the tap. Maybe my growler wasn't sealed properly.

S: Dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, coffee.

T/M: Bittersweet chocolate, raisins (?), more dark fruit, coffee, maybe molasses or brown sugar. Thick, chewy, viscous mouthfeel.

D: There's nothing wrong with it to take away from drinkability, but it is a bit strong for a session beer.

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

Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.

Another new one for me I decided I just had to include last night as a night cap. Really dark pour here with a rich dark chocolate color that gave way to a huge head of tan that was nearly three inches high at one point before settling down and leaving jus a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Really just could not have looked much better aside from maybe a touch darker.

Aroma of rich dark malts, cocoa, cookie dough, hints of maple and brown sugar, very nicely done, warming did lead some of it to fade however and left just a touch of light vanilla and chocolate hanging in the air. Really full feel here with a nice and smooth creamy touch to it that really worked very, very nicely. Rich vanilla, caramel, maple and brown sugar coming through now again with loads of milk chocolate and a light touch of coffee in the finish. Not too filling and no where near to light, this one worked out quite well I have to admit.

Overall a really solid shot here from them. Served as a well placed night cap and I really could have easily had another when I was done. Good job all around.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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 mothman
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into duck rabbit snifter

Pours a small layer of light tan head. Fades to near nothing. Leaves some slight splattered lace. Color is a copper brown, nearing black.

Aroma: It either smells like black licorice or light notes of a sharpie marker. It has a deep roast to it with some chocolate and hints of vanilla. Kind of creamy.

Taste: Heavy roast with notes of coffee. Some chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cream flavors. Has a grassy hop profile. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, a bit above the average oatmeal stout. It is a bit too roasted for my liking. Somewhat drinkable. No alcohol showing in it which surprised me for how high the abv is.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tannish head with crimson highlights. The head settles to a nice color. The aroma isn't really overly strong in any way but rather a subtle roasted malt and coffee note. Leather, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee are the dominate flavors in this one. I think the oats in this provide for a nice medium velvety mouthfeel that is rather well done. Even at the abv %, the taste really doesn't have that over alcohol note that some bigger beers can have. Not overly roasted either because I really don't get that overly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade with SSW117; thanks Sam!

a - Pours a dark black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark fruit. Quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, alcohol, cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee. A step down from the smell and heavy on the bitter chocolate and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. I wish it was a little more carbonated.

d - A pretty drinkable oatmeal stout that is heavy on bitter chocolate in the taste. I enjoyed the smell but wish it had been more carbonated. Would be willing to try again.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice rich black brown color with a huge mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing and has great retention. The aroma is very nutty, some vanilla and tons of milk chocolate. Big roasted malts, just a hint of dark chocolate, but all milk chocolate on the palate. Big flavors of raisins and winter stone fruits masked by rich marshmallow like sweetness that blends all of the flavors together. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Really couldn't believe this was 8.5 percent abv after it's big silky texture and no alcohol burn. Really a nice made stout and perfect example of the style.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, dark brown color lets absolutely no light through in my mug. The head is latte-brown with great retention and spots of lacing.

S- Coffee beans, molasses, cocoa, and rhubarb-like hops with a distinctive bitterness

T- Think molasses cookies. Now think oatmeal cookies. Now imagine gooey dark chocolate chips. Yup

M- Silky and smooth with some gooey oatmeal drag

D- My favorite Independence brew to date but the only other one I remember was Austin Amber which was over-carbonated

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

Thanks to poonamibaxter for this one!

Poured a nice engine oil black with a hearty chocolate head, a solid 2-3 fingers of head. Good bit of lacing, head dissipates about a min into the beer.

Roasted nuts, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Inviting, but a bit on the bitter side on the nose.

Hearty roasty flavors. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and rich fruity esters with a good bit of hops in the background. Well balanced!

Mild carbonation, no alcohol in the taste, solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of atsprings
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade. 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep opaque motor oil black with a thin quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma is a nice amount of roasted malts with some bitter cocoa. The taste is a nice amount of smooth roasted malts with a nice blend of bitter cocoa and subtle espresso. The beer is medium bodied and quite smooth with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable strong stout, one I would likely keep on hand all Winter if it were available here.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle!

Nothing illustrates the oblivion of convict life quite like a deep stout. This one pours a straight obsidian topped by about a half-finger of somewhat resilient light tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of burnt oats. The taste is quite similar, with some blackened biscuits, charcoal, cocoa, and a hint of vanilla (in the background) thrown in there as well. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a heftily smooth feel, bordering on chewiness. Overall, a very nice, black stout, another brew I wish they carried around here so I could have it whenever the urge hits me.

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Photo of Fnord
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I should mention that both times I've had this beer it's been at pretty close to room temperature. Long story. It's not sold in my area, though, and I don't know when I'll get a chance to try it again, so I'll review it anyway.

Appearance - Black with a two-finger brown head.

Smell - Malted milk shake, maple syrup, licorice, alcohol, and believe it or not, oats. I've never gotten that from an oatmeal stout before.

Taste - Very bittersweet. A good amount of bitter chocolate at the end, with a syrup-alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Coats the mouth well. Medium-thick body and medium carbonation.

Notes - I would call this more of an export stout than an Imperial stout. Which is good, because we need more of them. I have a couple of issues: an oatmeal stout should have a thicker mouthfeel. Also, I'm not a fan of the bitter alcohol-syrup aftertaste. Otherwise, though, it's well balanced between bitter and sweet. Not the best stout ever, but it's a decent stab at it, to be sure.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin layer of brown head. Pretty big aroma here; oats, black strap molasses, and dark chocolate liqueur. The flavor has an added note of smoke to go along with big, fairly dry, chocolate flavors. The rich, creamy mouthfeel is the overall highlight to compliment the flavor. This is a big ol' oat stout that's worth trying at least once.

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

Had this in a tulip. Independence is from my from my hometown and I decided I had to finally give this a try...

A: motor oil color and viscosity. Barely any head but what lingers is deep caramel.

S: char, smoke, heaps of malt

T: just how a stout should be: dry and bitter, yet smooth and amply sweet as well. Burnt sugar, black coffee, molasses and smoke. Warm alcohol, a dab of whiskey and dark chocolate on the finish.

M: Thick and creamy, syrupy even. Smooth.

D: simple and straightforward, a great example of a well balanced oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to htomsirveaux for the brews.

A - Pours an oily black with tan crown of foam. Pretty good looking, though most Stouts are, aren't they?

S - Aromas of hop, oxidation, leather, roasted grain, licorice, and a bit of booze. Quite complex, a winner,

T - The taste is quite nice. Dark roast, oats give a smoothness, and there is also a decent hop balance and even a vague fruitiness likely owing to said hops... This is very tasty.

M - Creamy but still sharp. Good.

D - I would drink this frequently, if it were available to me.

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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 443 ratings.
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