Beer Review: OAKSHIRE HELLSHIRE II

Beer Review: OAKSHIRE HELLSHIRE II

Oakshire Brewing presents Hellshire II, an Imperial Stout infused with coffee and matured for 7 months in Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels. The intricate dance of vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and oak weaves seamlessly with the beer’s complex blend of chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. Sporting a robust 10.5% alcohol by volume and bottle conditioned for added depth.

Appearance: A deep, obsidian pour reveals a velvety black liquid topped by a creamy tan head.

Aroma: Awakening the senses, the fragrance is dominated by robust coffee notes and the subtle sweetness of vanilla.

Taste: The palate experiences a surprising twist with hints of tart cherry, complemented by the bold presence of coffee and the woody embrace of the barrel aging process.

Mouthfeel: A full-bodied experience unfolds, slightly chalky, and propelled by a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Contemplating the ensemble, a subtle skepticism emerges. The unexpected tartness raises questions about its intended presence. Speculation arises—will this beer evolve into a memorable masterpiece or succumb to a less favorable fate? As of now, personal preference leans towards the latter; the current state of the beer fails to resonate positively. Only time will unveil the destiny of Oakshire’s Hellshire II, leaving room for potential transformation or further disappointment.