Hellshire IV | Oakshire Brewing

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Hellshire IVHellshire IV

Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rifugium on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 42
Photo of draheim
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of therackman
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass with a fine half finger tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with light toastiness, lots of bourbon and vanilla, enticing. Flavor is bourbon, caramel malt, vanilla and oak, sweet and lush. Medium body, lighter than expected from the color and style, but a good mouth feel from creamy head and active carbonation. Not for the bourbon averse, but hit the spot for a very warming, bourbon forward ale with good dark caramel malt to support it and pleasant vanilla barrel notes. This really hit the spot. Really glad this hit Seattle again after missing III and having the drinkable, but odd II. This is more like I expected and wanted.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to sourhops for the teku and beer hookup...enjoyed from the hellshire iv teku. Props on putting a string or something under the wax so removal was a breeze. Very innovative and smart.

A - brew pours a deep brown that settles in the glass as an almost black a finger of foamy off brown grey head sat atop but dissolved shortly after leaving some chunks of lacing skin on the side of the teku while the surface showed a skin of thin bubble islands that took on an oil slick look on the surface of the brew.

S - nice lush caramel notes are washed over by thick decadent bourbon. You can get a sense for the heat from the notes but the barrel brings so much chocolate that it smells like a liquid candy bar. Really promising.

T/M - as the nose suggested fairly boozy bourbon washed over a caramel rich old ale. After a sip, my mouth is coated with the beer. But then I am overtaken with alcohol on my next sip and the old ale starts to feel thin on the flavor profile. It seems to evolve and change with each sip dancing between decadent chocolate coated caramel and overwhelming alcohol.

O - overall, I have been curious about these hellshire beers from the start but hey always seem to catch infection rumors before I can get ahold of a bottle, this time I acted a bit faster and was also motivated by the glass to give it a whirl and I am glad I did. It is enjoyable for a ba old ale. Not the best I have had but not the worst. The booze is overwhelming at times on this one and I usually like beers that folks find overwhelmingly boozy, so take that for what it is worth. Not sure that putting it aside for years hoping it will mellow out will help though since the good parts of the beer are real,ly good and I would hate to see them fade, even at the chance that the booziness will dial back. Worth checking out if you dig the Ba old ales, but not worth going nutty over or trading too big for.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the Boise COOP sometime last week... shared tonight with reinheitsgematt

1/2" tan/dark yellow head dies back pretty fast atop a sorta hazed dark walnut brew... lacing is spotty at best.

Nose is vinous fruity esters... dark fruits and something that makes me think of soggy tobacco.. sweet leather.

Flavors are pretty akin to most Olde Ales... plummy/cherry notes.. some background leather.. a bit wine like or even like tawny port... the barrels add a nice envelope of connectivity that ties things together.

Body is a little light with too big carbonation at this point and makes for a disjointed brew ... I think it will get a bit more homogenized with 6 months or so in the cellar.. right not it is a little abrasive.


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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with pretty decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, though it's hardly earth shattering. There's a hint of bourbon and vanilla, along with some noticeable chocolate, brown sugar and light coffee. The flavor profile is just more of the same in this moderately sweet beer. Also, while I wouldn't call the beer thin, Oakshire's take on the style is a bit lighter then what you normally encouner in a BBA RIS. Still, the beer is quite smooth on the plate, and the finish is long and seamless. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and it's easy to deceive youreslf into believing that the abv. is not all that high.

While hardly in the same class with beers lke Super Nebula or the Abyss, this is still a pleasant, easy to enjoy BA impy stout from Oakshire.

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Hellshire IV from Oakshire Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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