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Hellshire IV - Oakshire Brewing

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very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of draheim
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a translucent brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is sweet and boozy. Brown sugar, caramel, bourbon.

Taste likewise is sweet and boozy. Brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. Good carbonation keeps it from being syrupy.

Overall a good barrel-aged old ale, perhaps a little too sweet for me.

Photo of therackman
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is drinking really well right now. After almost a year in the cellar the vanilla flavor has really started to come out. This is much more mellow and enjoyable than I remember at the hellshire release last February. If you've been holding on to your bottles waiting for the right time to open, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a try now.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of meatyard
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 5.8.14

A - Pours a dark brown-amber with a fluffy dark tan head that fades slowly.

S - Caramel, toffee, roasted malt.

T - Bourbon, then a light toffee.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Caramel and toffee, lots of bourbon, lighter then expected body.

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jbakajust1
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter

A- This beer pours a woody brown body that is dense with a thick creamy foam of head that last a good bit.

S- The rich buttery oak is full with some hints of dark fruit coming through as the beer opens.

T- The rich bourbon barrel flavor is full of wet oak and vanilla with some green woody hop character in the finish. There is a slight dark vinous note that comes through with a touch of sweetness as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a nice alcohol spice in the finish.

O- This is very tasty. The big bourbon barrel has some softer support from dark fruity esters and a nice alcohol spice to balance it out. Not what I would traditionally consider an Old Ale but a tasty sipper for sure.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Scion Dupont on 5/8/14

A-Poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head.

S-Aroma was some wood, with notes of nice malt, bourbon.

T-Flavor was heavy bourbon, caramel, and fig with some light roasted notes.

M-Mouthfeel has medium and full body. Very smooth

O-Overall great beer to try

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated April 5, 2014.

A-The brew is nearly black unless held to the light, when it divulges a bit of red and brown. An aggressive pour leads to about one and one-half fingers of light-tan head that fades quickly and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma is full of bourbon; not just hints of bourbon barrel or suggestions of caramel and vanilla (although there is lots of caramel and vanilla), but straight bourbon, like I am sticking my nose into a snifter of Knob Creek. There is a lot of sweetness in the form of brown sugar and a bit of cocoa underneath it all. Heat is high and hops are low.

T-The taste tracks the smell with big doses of caramel, bourbon-y boozy heat, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of macerated fruit and cocoa to darken things up. Sweetness is very high from start to finish. The flavors are complex, but a bit harsh. This brew is a sipper.

M-The body is medium to heavy with a lower-than-average amount of carbonation.

O-This beer is not for the faint of heart (or for someone who doesn't like bourbon). It is tasty, but a bit too hot and a bit too harsh to compete with the best high-octane, barrel-aged beers. Props to Oakshire, however, for going a different route than the standard barrel-aged stout or barleywine. With a little fine-tuning, or time in the cellar(?), this could be real good.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a barrel aged old ale, i dig that these are coming into vogue, but this one leaves just a bit to be desired for a high priced once a year release. dark dark mahogany in color, brown unless held to light for the dim red glow. the head is over an inch tall and real creamy. it smells rather simple for what it is though, malt forward, rather dense, and basically like a watered down glass of bourbon itself, so much bourbon on this that it negates in many ways a very subtle base beer. i really think the same of the taste, where there is some nice rich grainy sweet front end, from mid palate on, all i get is bourbon, vanilla and oak and booze, although the lighter texture and relative lack of viscosity for the style help it glide down with ease. carbonation is great and all, but im wishing for more beer flavor to this, its not boring or overly simplistic, it just has so much barrel on it that the beer is lost. not bad by any means, still a delectable strong ale, but for the price they fetch for this its unimpressive.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Hellshire IV from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.