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Brew Review: Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout, Independence Brewing Co.

Convict Hill, winner of a Good Food Award
Convict Hill, winner of a Good Food Award
Chris Spradley



The Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing in Austin recently won at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco, the only beer from the South region recognized with a medal.

Named for Convict Hill in Oak Hill, Texas, a small town just Southwest of Austin, it is the only stout in the brewery's lineup of beers.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a ½ inch caramel tan head with retention

Aroma: Roasted malt, oats and espresso, nice chocolate undertones, hardly any bitterness

Taste: Roast, coffee, chocolate and oats. Really well balanced with a nice sweetness and very little acidity.

Mouthfeel: Hearty and creamy, perfect for the style. I'd be interested to see what this beer would be like on nitrogen.

Overall: This is an excellent example of what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Perfect balance, texture and flavor. Delicious beer to be enjoyed often.

Ideal food pairings: This beer would pair well with a hearty Blue Cheese, Stilton or even something salty like Mozzarella and would be ideal with red meats like beef and lamb. It would also work with sweet desserts, especially those with fruits like raspberries or blackberries or hearty desserts like cheesecake.

Beer Details (from website):

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume: 8%

Original Gravity: 19°

Bitterness units: 55

Yeast: American Ale, Chico

Hops: Nugget

American Two-Row, English Roasted Barley, Belgian Chocolate, Flaked Oats

Year Round, Draft & 6-packs

Food Pairing: Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Cream

What others thought: Beer Advocate Rate Beer

My star ratings:

5 Stars: Amazing! A bucket list beer.

4 Stars: Excellent beer, great flavors and characteristics to be enjoyed over and over.

3 Stars: Average. Good enough to drink but not worth making a fuss over.

2 Stars: Eh, I'd only drink it again if forced to choose between this and a 'light beer'.

1 Star: Drain-pour.


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