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Hellshire III - Oakshire Brewing

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cavemanlawyer on 02-26-2013)
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Reviews by writerLJBerg:
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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%

22oz bottle from Beermongers. Split and poured into Bailey's tulip.

A: Thick foamy head over a deep black body. Stains the glass.

N: Roasted malts over oak. Some vanilla overtures. Chocolate and caramel. Pleasing and balanced.

T: Smoke, chocolate, and roast. Some vanilla and oak. A coffee acidity which lends some bitterness to fit the malt. Distinct dry stout taste, however, only a slight bourbon and some rye spice. Caramelized brown sugars.

M: Fits the foreign dry stout designation on the bottle. Well-carbonated with a expansive palate. Rather light and watery if you're expecting a heavy RIS.

O: A rare stout which occupies the area between cloying RIS and Guinness. Needs to showcase more of the Heaven Hill barrel though. Do not age (In my opinion).

03-11-2013 14:55:27 | More by writerLJBerg
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Thanks to Chris for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Black body, dense layer of light tan foam on the surface. Rings of delicate lace form in the glass into drippy irregular patterns. Long lasting coverage, ever present surface skim.

Rich aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, mild barrel woodiness.

Dry bitter dark chocolate, long lingering aftertaste of roasty char and bitter chocolate, some woody traces of bourbon, lending a wisp of brown sugar in there a well. Feels fairly light despite the rich flavors and moderate abv., smooth and velvety, not boozy. Well integrated and overall quite drinkable. Recommended.

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Hellshire III from Oakshire. 22 ounce waxed bottle into snifter. Foreign style stout aged for one year in Heaven Hills barrels.

A- Initial pour reveals a dark brown brew with a thin khaki head. Light lacing that quickly thins out and disappears. Viscosity appears low. Nothing bad about the appearance.

S- The highlight of the beer for me. Lightly floral, the nose is sweet and smooth. Plenty of bourbon with a slight bit of roast. Very pleasant.

T- A bit sweet up front but the roast from the malt gives it a nice backbone. Nothing overly complex but consistent and enjoyable. Some BA imperial stouts can only be sipped. Hellshire III is not one of those beers. The taste is not overwhelming and as a result I was able to enjoy the full bottle with no palate fatigue.

M - my least favorite part of this beer. Mouthfeel was thin. This beer has a lower ABV than some in the style and I was told that the base stout came in at just over 6%. I personally prefer a bit higher ABV in a bourbon stout. Still, very drinkable as I mentioned above.

O- Probably the best so far in the Hellshire series, although Hellshire I is getting better every time I try it. A bit thin and light but quiet enjoyable and a nice "session" beer for the style. Matt and his team were wary of another disaster so they took a conservative approach with this beer. I think it turned out well and look forward to more adventurous offerings from them in the future.

Note - very odd (bad) artwork on the bottle.

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The beer pours a blacksih brown color with good head retention and lacing. The foamy head is pretty creamy looking, and the beer has the look of one that has seen some signficant barrel aging (which of course it has). On the nose, the bourbon is very, very pronounced, putting me in mind of BCBS (yes, it's that intense). Otherwise, there is considerable milk chocolate and vanilla in the nose (the brewer noted that he added a considerable amount of chocolate nibs to the blend, and it definitely shows), and while the beer smells as if it will be on the sweet side, it's not at all over the top or overdone. The flavor profile repllicates the nose, though the bourbon isn't as intense on the palate. Also, while the beer comes across as very soft, creamy and smooth, it's readily apparent that this beer has nothing like the alcoholic bite you encounter in the BCBS. On the other hand, this beer is very easy to drink, and is absolutely delicious. There were a couple of folks at the tasting who indicated they had bought a case of this beer, and I confess it was hard not to be envious of them. In any event, alcohol is otherwise very, very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is just exceptional.

An outstanding effort from the brewer at Oakshire, and it was easy to see why this beer won a gold medal recently at the GABF. Impressive!

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Hellshire III from Oakshire Brewing
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