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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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 11
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Photo of BigE90
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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 masterofsparks
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of draheim
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +16.8%
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 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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Hellshire IV from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 42 ratings