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Hellshire I - Oakshire Brewing

Not Rated.
Hellshire IHellshire I

Educational use only; do not reuse.

57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 22.09%
Wants: 55
Gots: 43 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jsanford on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"A bourbon barrel aged barleywine. It is 10% abv and spent 10 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels."

Released May 2011
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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 103
Reviews by craytonic:
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3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy amber/brown pour with a touch of lacing, not much head

Smell: A bit oxidized, lots of grain and some harsh booze with brown sugar and vanilla. Rye? I am not particularly impressed.

Taste: Grain, rye, alcohol/booze, brown sugar, vanilla. A bit oxidized and not really that well put together. Also a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: A bit hot and thin

Overall: Not really impressed with this one, didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

With all of the negative reviews here on BA, I was expecting the worst. Luckily the bottle we had was very good, but a little bit hot. I think it would have calmed down with some more age on it.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a ton of bourbon and toffee notes, with some oak notes mixed in as well. I also get a little bit of vanilla. There is no mistaking the fact this is a bourbon barrel aged beer.

The flavor follows suit. The dominant flavors are bourbon and oak, with some vanilla, maple and toffee mixed in as well. The alcohol in the beer is somewhat hot and could use some mellowing out. Still, I think all of the flavors work very well together and make for an enjoyable beer.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of BigE90
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of daveytheformer
4.39/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

into a snifter

Pours an orange hued light brown with a very thin tan head that immediately fades to some lacing.

Aroma is of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, bourbon, and a little bit of hop spice.

Tastes a lot like the smell. Some coconut and alcohol heat as well. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Big and chewy.

Overall is and an amazing beer that I'm really excited to have got to try.

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mark – much obliged!

Pours a hazy honey-copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing and heavy legs.

Smells of mildly sweet, deep caramel malts with large amounts of vanilla, oak, and booze. Also present are faint hints of toffee.

Tastes more well-rounded than it smells, with less booze. Smooth caramel malts up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of toffee. Midway through, large amounts of vanilla and softer oak flavors come into play. The oak fades out, allowing the vanilla and caramel malts to carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was a very good beer. The complexity made up for it, and shows that the brewer still knows his way around a barrel. My one qualm is that the nuance of Heaven Hill wasn't able to shine as much as with others I've had aged in the same barrels. Still, it's well worth a shot.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of DJButters
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thagr81us
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one with me! Thanks Jon! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hops, wood, sweet alcohol, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Unfortunately, I was really expecting more out of this one. Based on the nose I was really looking forward to taking my first sip. However, the first sip kind of let me down slightly. While it wasn't bad, it wasn't what I was expecting based on the aroma. I would be glad to try this one again in the future, but wouldn't go out of my way to do so again.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The next Wooden Hell in my glass! At least that's what the forums would lead me to believe. With so much hype though, this is a beer that had a lot to live up too. In the past week I've had both Abacus and Arctic Devil. Those beers are at the forefront of my mind in regards to the style while I drink this beer. Bomber split into a pair of Portsmouth snifters and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: A steady pour reveals a finger of off white head on top of a garnet body with good clarity. The head recedes to a wisp ring rather quickly. Minimal spotty lacing shows up on the glass. Decent legs. 4/5

S: Here's the star of the show but it still doesn't come up to par with the better barleywines I've had. It's subdued, but notes of toasted coconut, maple, raw oak, and nutmeg are secondary to the obvious brown liquor. As far as -bal barleywines go, I'm hesitant to call this much better then average. 3.5/5

T: In a word, this is "green". It seems like the base beer was very hoppy. Even ten months in a barrel wasn't enough to subdue the harsh bitter character I'm attributing to a questionable hop profile. It has a slight astringency going on as well. The -bal notes currently clash with the bitterness but this is a beer I can see improving with time and pulling together better. Peppery alcohol and understated sweetness are nice but hidden too far in the background. Right now, this is the definition of "not impressed". 2.5/5

M: Moderate carbonation with a pretty lite body. I prefer more viscosity and less carbonation when approaching big -bal beers. 2/5

O: Not a huge fan. I wanted to love this beer but ultimately it came up short. Time in the cellar might help integrate everything better but for now, this is more style than substance. 2/5

Edit: Had this for a second time last night in a lineup of other BA barleywines. I've increased the taste score by half a point to reflect that I liked it better than Central Waters BBBW but still thought it fell below the bar.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of rhynosorus
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jsilva
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- The beer pours a whiskey brown and ruby copper, and seems rather clear though there was a patch of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and some murky floating drifting clouds within the bottle before opening. The two fingers of tan head quickly dissipated leaving a healthy ring and floating bed of foam on top.

Smell: (4.0)
- Wonderful aroma of sweet brown sugar, caramel malt, and spicy hop character. All seems to meld very well. Light vanilla, and almost a cream soda-like aroma. This smells like a perfect good dessert barleywine. Little spicy alcohol heat.

Taste: (4.5)
- I let this warm a bit, and the flavors are showing through amazingly. Wonderful amounts of vanilla show through with an oak and herbal touch. The sweetness is present, but not overly powering. A roasted caramel touch presents itself well, balancing any heat. A wonderful hop bitterness tops it off with earthy and grassy notes. This is a fantastic barleywine. Light esters play a finishing role.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Great hop additions seem to leave the mouth a touch dry, as well as not being overly sweet which I like. Medium bodied, slightly chewy, and not overly sticky at all. Seems and is, as it should be.

Overall: (4.5)
- Overall this is a great barleywine. It does seem that a lot of care went into the production of this beer. The oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes are a fantastic touch to this barleywine, and I am a much bigger fan of bourbon barrel barleywines than I am stouts. This is perfectly balanced, and only yet slightly hot. I bet this beer would rest very well, but guessing it won't get any better after only a few years or so. Get it while you can. It's great, and worth the price.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of largadeer
2.13/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks Arbi!

Muddy amber pour with minimal head formation. Musty, oxidized nose; very nutty with moderate booziness. Somewhat resiny, light caramel. The aroma isn't bad, but the palate is pretty awful. Thin, sharply boozy, with a ton of harsh oak, sticky resiny hop bitterness and nutty oxidation. Caramel and bourbon flavor are pretty faint. Really a godawful finish, a painful combo of excessive bittering hops and harsh wood tannin. Just a bad beer overall.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 10/12/13

Appearance: Somewhere between medium brown and dark amber - cloudy and hazy - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to just a few wisps of a cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Big, cooked caramel malts, and some booze - very cooked, very caramelized, with a touch of straight-up malt extract - some substantial graininess - lots of oak, with some vanilla - a load of booze as well, some whiskey, mostly just alcohol

Taste: Boozeshire? - yes, the big malts from the aroma are here, but the alcohol seems to be the very core of the flavor profile - so, so much alcohol - some whiskey, but it's more like vodka - tons of wood - earthy - extremely cooked malts, dark caramel, molasses, and some general roastiness - did I mention this is boozy?

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, smooth, hot with a lot of hot booze

Overall: Just tasting this drunk makes me feel beer

The aroma suggests that this barleywine has some potential. But the actual taste is so boozy. I'm not necessarily opposed to booze, but this is a bit much. I would say this might need more time, but it's already kind of old. Interesting regardless.

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Photo of Eighty
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SalukiAlum
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of MrHirschybar
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of lurpy1
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sample at a tasting. Take with a grain of salt because it was such a 4 oz pour only, but based on findings, no way I would have been compelled to drink a pint.

Screw how the beer looks, the big failing were the metallic notes. Barrel is present, obvious, and yummy, but in the nose and on the tongue, the barrel is battered by a fork-in-the-mouth sensation. Oxidized, distracting, hard to get rid of. Mouthfeel is fine, heck, better than fine maybe, but the long-lasting metal aftertaste runs interference there as well.

Waste of good bourbon.Not recommended.

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Photo of KevSal
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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Hellshire I from Oakshire Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.