Hellshire II | Oakshire Brewing

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Hellshire IIHellshire II

Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The second beer in the Hellshire series is an Imperial Stout that was 100% aged in Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 7 months.

Released November 2011

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of doughanson78
3.93/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as hell on the pour. Black as hell in the glass. Huge one finger head, mocha in color. Great retention and lacing.

S: Huge bourbon and coffee aroma. Slight sweet chocolate notes. Very boozy.

T: Milk chocolate upfront. Coffee in the middle with a slight roasted note. Big borubon. Light butterscotch. Finishes very boozy with a good alcohol bite.

M: Pretty light in body for an Imperial Stout. High carbonation. Decent creaminess. Big alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

O: A good Imperial Stout. With all the amazing Bourbon Barrel aged stouts coming out now it's hard to keep up. This does a good job but not amazing.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Strong Ale 2011

Pours essentially black in color with a finger or so of tan head. Smells strangely lactic and acidic. Quite a bit of coffee as well as roast, oak, and and whiskey. The flavor has a sharp acidity and astringency to it. Some oak, vanilla, and whiskey flavors. A little bit of cocoa powder and weird hint of a dusty sort of flavor. A bit thin in body for an imperial stout with medium carbonation.

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Photo of caninedevotion
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of julian
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at Whole Foods - Westlake (Seattle) - poured into a Westvleteren goblet

A: Love the label art and purple waxing. Midnight black in color with minimal mocha colored head. Viscous, but lackluster in the head department. At first I thought it was still, but I know the bottle was carbed from the "psssst" the cap made when I popped it.

S: Nose is abundant with coffee roast, toffee and vanilla

T: Up front I'm getting an unusual fruity tang, accompanied by coffee roast and vanilla. This is an unusually tangy and sweet beer.

M: Low-Medium carbonation, tangy, sweet with a mild hoppy bite on the mid palate. Finishes with a lingering tang.

O: I don't know. I'm glad I didn't go to the release of this beer. It's not worth the drive. I get very little bourbon in the aroma and taste, and overall this beer just has some unusual tangy qualities. Maybe with some age it will mellow and come into its own but right now it's a bit young and still tastes too "green".

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Photo of kscaldef
3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Update from 10/31/14 "scary beer tasting". Way downhill at this point: cold, sour, black coffee. 2.0)

A: Dense coffee head, dark brown body

S: mostly chocolate, hint of coffee, slight spicy bourbon note.

T: Chocolate and coffee. A little burnt / acrid flavor, but not overwhelming. A good dose of oak.

M: A bit thin for the style. Nice medium carbonation. Coats the mouth well without being syrupy.

O: Not a homerun, but a nice beer that I can't complain much about.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



A: Pours pitch black and viscous with a small fast fading brown head. Nice color.

S: Lots of coffee and charred malt with dark chocolate. Licorice blends with oak, vanilla, and a little coconut. Dark fruit is faint. Bourbon is restrained.

T: Strong coffee with big cocoa notes. Bourbon is light, seemingly subjugated by the coffee, but wood is stronger. I get light vanilla notes. There's a charred malt presence with a little licorice. The beer is moderately bitter with notes of earth. Alcohol is well hidden. There's a hint of dark fruit tartness in the late finish, seems like a byproduct of the coffee.

M: Full in body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and viscous with some astringency.

Overall: This is nothing crazy but it's good and definitely better than Hellshire I. 

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Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of johnnyboy76
1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of joefc
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of jbakajust1
4.45/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Snifter @ Oakshire on Hellshire realease

A - Pours an opaque black, w/ thick 1 finger brown head, thins to cap slowly w/ great lace

S - Smells of coffee, lots of coffee, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, caramel, wood, alcohol, roasty.

F- Tastes the same as the nose, lots of chocolate & coffee, caramel, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, plums, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, roasty.

M - Smooth, rich, roasty, complex, semi-sweet roasty bourbon finish. Full body.

O - Great job w/ this one. Flavors and aromas blend well, coffe and chocolate come through nicely, bourbon presents itself but not too aggressivaly. No astringency at all. Too drinkable. No fusels. Very good BA Imp Stout. Much better than Hellshire I. Great job Matt.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Busted out by Matt Van Wyk at the East Burn beer dinner. Thanks to the brewer for the sample. Served in a small snifter.

A: Very dark brown with ruby edges, a small ring of espresso bubbles, fairly thin looking with minimal legs. 2/5

S: Good bourbon, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and other requisite -bal stout notes are in attendance. Peppery alcohol singes the nose... in a good way. Nothing is really dominating and the balance is pretty good at this point. 4/5

T: Odd... This lands in the fruity category of the imperial stout family. Prunes are the dominant fruit presenting. Some slightly acidic roasty coffee shows through as well. I'm not picking up much chocolate and mention that now since it's frequently a characteristic in stouts. The bourbon is mild and in good balance against the stout. While not my favorite bourbon stout, I'm not really disappointed. 3/5

M: A slightly chewy beer yet small for what I expect from the style. It does finish quite clean which is a plus. 3/5

O: An interesting beer. Definitely a departure from a typical American imperial stout. I'm sure there will be plently of people who enjoy it. 3/5

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Hellshire II from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 64 ratings