Oakshire Brewing

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Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States
Barleywine - American
Ranked #161
Ranked #19,913
3.82 | pDev: 9.69%
Thursday at 02:46 AM
Dec 14, 2013
Very Good
Notes: None
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4.07 by VashonGuy from Washington on Thursday at 02:46 AM
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Vintage 2013 bottle, properly cellared. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange with a quarter finger khaki head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt, dried dark fruit, raisins and mild grassy hops, somewhat boozy. Flavor follows with caramel malt, dates, figs, raisins, aged hops, tobacco. Light hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The hopped (American) style barleywines are now off my list for aging because the hops just don’t age that stylishly, although the malt body of these does quite well. And that is true here. The malt is very mellow and well integrated with the dark, dried fruit flavors settled in to a even, balanced background. I don't use tobacco in my reveiew very often, but that note is clear here, more like biting into tobacco leaves than the smoke aroma. I'm guessing it's the interaction of aged hops with the malt. The hops have lost their herbal flavors, but leave a pleasant light bitterness in the finish. As a matter of fact, this is one of the best aged hopped barleywines I've had, with no off flavors from the hops. I like this enough that I owe this barleywine another tasting of a fresher bottle. I liked this one and am pleased it has survived a 5 year aging this well. I don't see any vintages after 2015 reviewed here, but I hope to see this again.

Aug 20, 2018
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 22, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Big, bold and beautifully malty sweet, the brewers of Oakshire thread together a massive barleywine that celebrates the soul of barley malt at is highest degree. Nearly three years old, this 2014 vintage is showing signs of maturity but still stubborn with its youth.

Dark garnet and faintly hazed, the frothy ale carries a masculine color and stature, equipped with slight brandy legging. Bold malt aromas of brown sugar, maple, molasses and toffee carry a citrusy and herbal hop note with hints of dark fruit and a vinous tang. Those malty sweet flavors extend from the nose and slather the tastebuds with honey and granola.

As the beer's rich sweetness saturates the taste, its rich middle palate is cakey, sweet and savory. Plum, blackberry, currant and fig give bold impressions of fruitcake while a spicy rum-like kick sheds a light on pepper, cinnamon and red wine. Hoppy with a grassy, tea-like, citrusy bite, the beer's bold booziness catches a glimpse of curaçao liquor.

Butter rum, brandy spice and a rich port wine flavor show signs of the beer's age while its hints of leather and tobacco inch toward savory soy sauce and bitter citrus peel. Full and lavish, the beer has a still draw nearing its finish that renders the ale lighter that expected. A long and bittersweet aftertaste offers continued heat well into the next sip.

Mar 21, 2017
2.55 by CUBeerBuff from Washington on Dec 19, 2016
4 by crob3888 from California on Sep 10, 2016
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3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 2014 batch. Sampled on June 24, 2016.

I'm celebrating the start of my vacation by cracking this open.

It pours an attractive looking reddish-amber under a lasting off-white head.

The aroma has a kind of cellar mustiness with those biting Barkley malt sweet characters and a low hop profile. Still a tad boozy even after 2 years.

Medium body but feels lighter than many.

Same barley toasted bread character in the taste, a vague sweetness, with a rancid sort of bitterness to finish it off. It still holds its own after 2 years but you really have to like Barleywines to take this one in.

Jun 25, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ArrogantB from Colorado

22oz bottle of the 2015 vintage $7.99. Dark amber color, short head. Aroma is malty, raisins, and then hops. The flavor is pretty much a tasty American style barleywine, a lot of malt, bitterness from the hops, raisins, fruits, very enjoyable. If I still cellared beer this would be a good candidate.

Dec 11, 2015
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jason_nwx from Oregon

Score for the 2014 version. Rich caramel, sweet, with a pleasant finish of bitterness and booze. Great color. I think a year did this bottle some good.

Nov 16, 2015
4.24 by BeerNW from Washington on Oct 03, 2015
4.22 by VictorsValiant from Oregon on Jun 02, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

2014 edition, i found this one to be on the thin side in terms of feel. i am used to and appreciative of the huge grain spectrum in these, ranging from sweet to biscuity, cakey, tannic, always layered in all nice, but this is a little one dimensional compared to that standard. saturated bronze color, doesnt look thin at all, and it holds a little tan head for awhile. aromas of bittering hops and molasses come out first, with the booze well behind it. not quite as nuanced in the nose as others, but it smells pretty yummy, especially on a windy chilly gray afternoon. the taste is good, it just doesnt have all that much going on, and because (at least in part) of the bitter hop finish, it seems dry, almost too dry for the style, not lingering and warming quite the way the style usually does. that said, it tastes very good, woody in some way, sticky malty like a high gravity wort before yeast is pitched, and the lightness of body makes it easy drinking for what it is. the thin body hurts it though, the big flavors have less to cling to, and the booze is way more exposed, this finishes almost hot when it comes up to temperature, and it seems to bring out the weird grain proteins in the middle before that. a worthy brew no doubt, maybe cellar time will help it a little, but not one of the more complex barleywines in the game.

Mar 17, 2015
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3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Floydster from California

22 ounce bottle, 2013 vintage

Appearance is muddy brown with two fingers of beige head, some red tint when held up to the light, decent carbonation at first but fades fast with no lacing

Smell is full of toffee, caramel malt, booze, raspberry, faint Northwestern hops, bread, and honey

Taste is pretty boozy all the way through, sweet finish with a slightly dry start, definitely more malt forward than hoppy, could be due to being over a year old in the cellar now, taste is fairly one dimensional but has a nice inviting toffee flavor

Mouthfeel was a bit thin with more bubbles than most barleywines I have tasted, got a little cloying and needed some more body

Overall I liked the toffee notes but it needed something else going on in order to shine some more, I would love to taste an extra hoppy version of this as I think it would drink more like a well balanced Triple IPA

Mar 16, 2015
3.36 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Mar 01, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

22oz bottle served in a large snifter. 2014 vintage.

Pours cloudy reddish amber with a small head and some fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is mild, barleywiney -- alcohol, a little dark fruit, yeast, a little wood.

Taste is not dominated by alcohol, but it's a strong theme. There's actually some light colored fruit -- not exactly pear or apple, but in that neighborhood. Definitely some oaky/woody characteristic.

Mouthfeel is quite dry and surprisingly light. Overall, good.

Same beer, seven months older.

Hop presence is very strong. Wood character is much more prominent. Less light fruit, more dark fruit. Strange for a barleywine to be so bitter.

Feb 22, 2015
4.13 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Feb 02, 2015
4.35 by airpup from Oregon on Jan 30, 2015
3.4 by Harvest06 from Oregon on Jan 10, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

Shared 2013 bottle.
Flavor: Fruity. Sweet, but acceptably so.
Feel: Exceptionally smooth.
The aroma is too boozy but the alcohol is otherwise well hidden.

Jan 04, 2015
4.03 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon on Dec 21, 2014
3.8 by lysergicdream from Colorado on Dec 10, 2014
3.92 by Anaxagoris from Washington on Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
by jdense from Oregon

Medium brown color, minimal visible carbonation and not much present mouthfeel wise. Still some hop presence, not too sweet, a bit boozy, which Matt had barrel-aged this ala Hellshire.

Aug 27, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
by mactrail from Washington

Dark amber in the big goblet. Nice pile of suds. Plenty of spritz on the tongue. A little burnt sugar.

Kind of herbal and a little dank on the hop side. On the grainy side, it's warm and malty with a big, chewy caramel mouthfeel. Pleasantly woody without the usual barrel routine. Not as hot or alcohol-tasting as expected. Rather bitter aftertaste.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen's Market in Burlington, Wash.

Aug 21, 2014
4 by Booner818 from California on Jul 26, 2014
3.5 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jul 23, 2014
4.25 by MikeDAdams from Idaho on Jul 19, 2014
3.5 by Andrew24 from Washington on Jun 18, 2014
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3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by RickS95 from Indiana

Pours a murky brown color. Like muddy water, it's dark, menacing and opaque. In contrast, the head is very white, maybe a finger thick. However, it doesn't retain well and the lacing, if you can call it that, leaves much to be desired.

It has the standard barleywine scent to it. A combination of extreme malts and caramelly vanilla scents. While it's par for the course, it's still an outstanding smell.

While 10.1% ABV isn't necessarily extreme, it's still a force to be reckoned with. The flavor reeks of alcohol. Very malt forward as you can imagine, the hops are simply a bit player. Caramel malts dominate, along with some spicy hops in the background, but it's really about the alcohol. Maybe a bit too much so.

A bit too in your face for me. I drink beer over spirits because I don't care for the alcohol forwardness of spirits, this beer comes close to crossing the line. It's hot. It's spicy. There are alcohol esters here that remind me of rubbing alcohol. Full bodied with a slight sweetness early on that's immediately trampled by heat from the alcohol. A lingering bitterness.

I think aging this might have helped. It's a 2013 vintage and a time out in the cellar may have softened the sharp edges a bit. Not bad, just lack sophistication.

Jun 15, 2014
4 by Danzeek from Connecticut on Jun 14, 2014
3.25 by jbakajust1 from Oregon on Jun 13, 2014
4.5 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on May 25, 2014
3 by Caleb from Colorado on Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BastardKing24 from Oregon

Pours a dark orange/amber with a slight offwhite head that leaves lacing and bubbles.

Smell is Caramel and brown sugar, with some hops mixed in. Also some dark fruit smells here and there.

Taste is similar with Caramel and malty sweetness. Molasses creeps in, and also dried figs and dates. Not a very bitter beer but there is a decent hoppiness to it as well.

Feel is low to medium carb with a definite slickness to it, its perfect for 10%. I can't detect alot of heat from this, so its nice at this point in its age.

Overall I like this offering and would buy again.

Mar 18, 2014
3.75 by 510a from Washington on Mar 07, 2014
4 by BVukelich from Washington on Mar 04, 2014
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Feb 26, 2014
3.5 by sharpski from Oregon on Jan 25, 2014
3.75 by BESTIALEX from Oregon on Jan 18, 2014
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