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Oakshire Hellshire I

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Formerly brewed at Oakshire Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Eugene, Oregon USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, 10% ABV, 120 cases. This beer was released on May 7th at Oakshire Brewing in Eugene OR


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Big thanks to heyta for getting this bottle out to me shortly after the release. Served in a SAVOR snifter as part of last night’s barrel-aged barleywine tasting. Poured a clear golden-copper color with a small off-white head and some sparse lacing. The nose brought forward quite a bit of straight grain, highly reminiscent of freshly-cracked pilsner malt. Mild bourbon and oxidation there as well. Fairly boozy, too. Flavor was equally unimpressive with strong grain and booze plus some harsh tannins. Only a mild bourbon flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy. Quite boozy, though this is the first place the bourbon has a positive effect on the beer. Dry finish. Not impressed with this at all. I was holding out hope that it’d surprise me, but a letdown even from my already-low expectations.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
(bottle shared at Dak’s 5000 tasting). Pours a cloudy copper with thin off-white head.. Aroma has lots of wood, booze, caramel and some band-aid. Taste is sweet with some whiskey. Its still quite hot. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. OK, but I didn’t love it and there were so many great beers that day.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Deep mahogany pour, white head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, booze, maple. Damn good stuff! sweet flavor, nice maple, light hops, candi sugar, honey...fuck yes!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1169) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle from DA. Cloudy copper pour with bubbly thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon and spicy black pepper. Taste is very similar with a bitter astringent taste that lingers. Low to med carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Oakshire hellshire. 22oz bottle suplied and shared by Todd at beer mongers... Pours a mostly transparent lighter toffee hue and topped with a thin wispy light beige head... Toasted malt, a touch of coconut, and a semi-sharp bourbon note. Assertive and somewhatabrasive... Flavors are pretty sharp and boozy with deeper charred bourbon bent which hits upfront and finishes on a larger bitter emphasis that totally detracts away from its experience. Thinner bodied overall. Touch too hot, well maybe more than a touch. This one certainly needs time to settle down a bit. 8/3/7/3/13

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Sampled at PIB. Pours a murky brown/orange with a thin white lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, butterscotch. Flavour the same, but including bourbon, and yeast. Quite sweet. Dark flavours which leave a tingling/light burning mouthfeel. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (9571) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
Sampled from bottle at PIB, pours dark orangey amber with a small head. Aroma of butterscotch, yeast and dark fruits. Flavour is quite yeasty, with dark fruits, toffee and caramel. Mildly sweet, boozy and caramely finish. High carbonated, Well-made.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (13604) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with pretty minimal head formation. S: Smells really good. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak right away, giving a huge barrel presence. The barleywine aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits are evident and impressive as well. T: The flavor just really falls short. Toffee, nut shells, and wood dominate the flavor. There is a bit of vanilla and some mild bourbon, but the oak and booze are just overpowering. It really lacks refinement, cohesion, and balance. M: The body is medium with low to medium carbonation. O: A really nice nose but the flavor was disappointing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Pours ruby in color with just a slight bit of head. Smells of citus hops, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and also has a sour smell to it. Taste is much of the same toffee, vanilla, grapefruit, chocolate, and pine. Mouthfeel is thick and the finish is long with pine hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Last beer tasted with the Chicago guys, thanks again. Brown pour with good carbonation. Aroma was as I expected, brown sugar, malty, sweet and boozy, same goes for the flavor. Easy to drink but I don’t typically reach for BA barely wines all that much so I wouldn’t search this one out again.


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