Wooden Hell - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 583
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

GABF 2006 Strong Barrel Aged Bronze, Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Barleywine

(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-29-2007)
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2.25/5  rDev -50.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -39.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.53/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to treyrab for sharing this at our second epic tasting of 2010, and third overall. Poured my share into a tulip glass.

Colored deep brown and glowing with ruby highlights, a vigorous pour produces only thin and wispy bubbles. The body is crystal clear. This is pretty much right on for a barleywine, though the consistency looks a bit thin as it cascades into my glass.

The aroma is phenomenal. So often bourbon barrels impart too much bourbon for the character of the beer, but this is artfully done. The first impressions are of caramel, toffee, and the classic nutty maltiness of a barleywine. These give way to the barrel notes...oak, vanilla, and bourbon, in that order. There is also a prominent dark fruit aroma characterized by dates that comes around for the finish to round it all out.

The taste continues to impress, at least initially. The bourbon strengthens on the palate and joins the caramel up front. These then give way to nuts, vanilla, oak, and the dates. Unfortunately, this dark fruitiness is also accompanied by some not-so-graceful or flavor-enhancing oxidation that imparts some off and cardboardy flavors on the palate that linger after the finish. There are some alcohol esters, but they are neither overwhelming nor offensive in any way. This is a very good American barleywine, but it doesn't blow me away. And given the barrel-aging, this is only average, as there are far better out there.

The appearance of low carbonation is misleading, as this is still packed with fizz that makes me cough on my first sip. The balance of flavors is phenomenal, with the bourbon highly evident, edifying the flavor profile while remaining subtle. Too bad it's oxidizing...this coulda been really good. The texture is just a touch thin for my liking, but this is good beer. Age will likely not be kind to this, based on the oxidation that is already evident.

Photo of trodersark
3.55/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy light amber, with no head whatsoever.
S: Smells of caramel, light vanilla notes, some oak, and slights hints of bourbon
T: oxidized. oxidized. I can't really taste the bourbon anymore. I taste some caramel, a touch of spice, some vanilla, toffee, and definitely a lot of oak.It tasted really similar for a really old bigfoot. There was definitely a lingering aftertaste that stuck with me long after every sip.
M: flat, no carbonation whatsoever, though drinkability is quite smooth, not hot at all.
O: overall, I thought it was a good beer. Do I think there is good reason for the hype? hmmm. I definitely do believe that if I had tasted this beer a year or two ago, my review and thoughts would have been quite different. If you have a bottle of this, drink it, trade it, do what you will, but it definitely does not need any more time. In fact, I feel as though this beer is definitely on its downhill curve. But don't get me wrong, I am very thankful for getting a chance to try this whale, and I definitely think it's a brew you should 110% try if you have the chance. I just don't quite think it lived up to the hype it still holds.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep murky reddish brown body. Small welling of khaki bubbles. A very thin collar.

Smell - A little oxidized. Kinda cardboardy. Bourbon. Brown sugar. Boozy.

Taste - Better bourbon flavor. Better all around. Still a little cardboardy and oxidized. Some dark fruits to it, too. Lots of brown sugar. Woody finish. Almost spicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Oxidized in the back end. Boozy.

Overall - So this is getting old. The oxidation is becoming overwhelming.

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of dtmets84
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 7/28. I am always hesitant to put the BA name of the person who was grateful enough to let me enjoy this said tick but thanks!! I was told the night before that history was going down. Let us get on with the show.

A: Minimal to know head except for a tiny ring of head that appears if it was swirled

S: figs? Maybe some oak but nothing too crazy

T: on first taste I thought eh this is good but nothing to write home about but as it warmed up more notes pulled through.

O: thanks again for M_ _ e for letting me enjoy this. Let the hype train roll on.

Photo of jbuddle
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for providing this one I've been hoping to try for a long time. 4/17/13.

Pours a bit muddy and opaque with a small amount of head that quickly falls apart. Aroma of caramel, burnt sugar, touch of oxidation and some sweet malt. Just a hint of vanilla. Taking a sip brings to mind a very well crafted barleywine with just a touch of sweetness and well integrated barrel notes. Fairly subtle and nuanced with a touch of oxidation on the back end. Very light notes of barrel aging with some vanilla and booze, but it drinks very light for the ABV, and nothing really stands out. Slick and medium bodied.

I've heard there is significant bottle variation at this point, but this one was one of my top barleywines to date and an absolute treat.

Photo of Kaydogg
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you very much Dan!
couple oz pour

A. Pours brown rust color almost a bronze. no head on my pour

S. Spicy sweet smell almost like a cookie of some sort, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T. pretty complex stuff, Subtle sweetness with characteristics of bourbon, spice, oak, a touch of vanilla. Low carbonation. Decent body but i feel its too thin.. I wonder if this is starting to move past its prime.

O. Overall the beer was excellent...no doubt
live up to the hype? Gonna have to say no. Again maybe this beer is starting the down hill trip. Dare I say I prefer Mother of All Storms...I dare. Thanks again for this rare treat..

Photo of JDV
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brownish to burgandy and is opaque. Smell is oaky and strong with welcomed alcohol and rich complex malt. Smooth oaky, creamy caramel richness in the flavor. Good rich body and dark red fruity and dark sour cherry notes as well. One of my favorites of theirs, and there were many good beers on...

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A snifter glass served at the brewery on the day before Dark Lord.

A: The barleywine is very dark, a deep ruby red that could easily be mistaken for black (and therefore a stout). Only the whitish colored head confirms that it is in fact not a stout.

S: The nose is incredibly sweet, thick with malty wetness. Candi sugar emerges, but unfortunately not a lot of bourbon character does.

T: The mouth is just as thick as the nose would lead you to believe. The malts are concentrated such that they are fruity sweet. Some darker fruits emerge to provide sweetness that is brushed with a hint of candi and brown sugars. Even in the mouth, the bourbon does not shine as much as I'd want it to. Perhaps it is just blending into the overall sweetness of the beer. Oh yeah, the alcohol is quite evident.

M: The mouthfeel is a good drink, full of flavor with mere kisses of bourbon.

D: A very good drink. Dinner at Flossmoor turned out to be a brilliant idea.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to metalgdog! Brandon is the man! Never in a lifetime thought I would taste this.

Pours out a cloudy reddish, orange, brown color. Murky looking in a way. A light beige colored head, decent retention.

Aroma is a bit off from what I expected. Seaweed and very earthy. A sweet caramels bourbon BW base is lost somewhere in the back.

An exceptional taste, different complexities come with each sip. The seaweed and earth from the aroma is there, perhaps from oxidation, but compliments the beer much more nicely. Lots of sweet caramel/ burnt sugars, tons of oak and fig like dark fruits. Just a bit of bourbon, but whatever booze was there seems to have mellowed very nicely with age. Sweetness all over.

Very smooth and easy drinking for what it is. Fairly thick bodied, and just a bit light on the carbonation.

I'm super excited for trying a beer I never thought would even be a possibility. But I had it, and despite the whale status, I'm a bit underwhelmed. The seaweed earth aspect, especially in the aroma, wasn't very welcomed, still the taste was pretty amazing. So happy in got the opportunity, thanks again Brandon!

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4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting (and for opening this!) and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a translucent-along-the-edges mahogany brown. Glows amber orange along the top. Almost no head, just an off-white crust. Very attractive beer.

Smells like supple bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar notes. A hint of woodsy sherry-ness. Hmm. Very nice aroma.

The taste is a large brown sugary vanilla bourbon oak presence, but it's a bit oxidized. Some really prevalent sherry notes in there. As I sip my 2.3 oz., the brown sugar becomes more and more noticeably, and a bit of earthy nuttiness shines through. A sticky, thick beer without much carbonation.

Really happy to have had a chance to try this. If I could have only checked off "M," my personal "get" list would have been nearly complete.

Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought out this beer midway through the Pittsburgh Tasting of the Ages on October 2. One of the most anticipated beers of the day. Split five ways. Reviewing mine from a snifter-style glass.

A: Poured very vigorously to only yield a thin ring of a head. Almost no head at all. Pours like a fine bourbon or whiskey in terms of stillness and color. Clear dark amber with some very slight carbonation bubbles trickling up.

S: Huge vanilla whiskey notes with burnt toffee, rich, dark brown sugar, some light chocolate, and perhaps some blackstrap molasses. Rich, some slight oxidation, and sweet bourbon.

T: Complex. The sweet whiskey and vanilla notes are very forceful and blend with the bitterness of the dark toffee, slight chocolate, and dark, burnt brown sugar. Hops are not really found in this one, as it is really all malts that take over.

M/D: A nice, creamy and rich mouthfeel. Perhaps a tad on the thin side. Drinks like a bourbon. A solid American Barleywine, but I would put others ahead of it, and it was below expectations.

Photo of byaeger
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Homebrepalo for the great BT!!

A - Almost blood orange, lighter than expected, decent lacing.

S - Bright like homemade caramel with kick from bourbon and oak adding desired complexity.

T - Also brighter than expected from year-old bottle. Fresh figs and touch of prune, buoyed by vanilla from the oak. Surprisingly hot for 9.5% ABV.

M - What you'd expect from a barleywine that's been aged in a spent barrel: smooooth, low carb, almost hate to swallow it down.

D - As someone who isn't all about the barleywine and never drinks a whole pint or bottle by himself, this one I'd want if charged with the task of downing it solo. Luckily had the pleasure of sharing with deserving company.

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4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one the night before Darklord day.

Body is a ruby brown that hosts a shore skim of light tan head. Nose is laced with raspberry tart and wheaty red licorice. Includes a slight hint of sherry. First sip greets you with dark over ripe fruit notes and warming alchol. Smooth and thick mouthfeel is spawned by the dark chocolate candied dominence. Cough syrup meets chocolate liquer is the palate tone you get here, but in a good way. Drinks nicely even as it warms. Alchol content is high, probably around 10%, but doesnt show in the taste. A nice sweeter after dinner beer. To bad it was a one and out.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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