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Wooden Hell - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 579
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can you believe I got a chance to try this one? I seriously was amazed to see it sitting in my fridge last night, so much so that I just had to grab it and open it up. Selfish I know to indulge by myself but there are a few out there that I really just need to. Served at around 55 degrees and poured into a new CCB glass( thanks Greg), this one was consumed on 10/15/2009.
The pour was perfect, well everything about this one was perfect but we will get to the rest of that later. Rich dark brown in color with a neat little head of light tan that reached a height of around it that really just sat there, looking at me in the glass for what seemed like forever, never really fading much at all. Just sublime and evil looking, but that was before I tried. Now I have had a good many different Barley wines and Barrel Aged offerings in my day but this just takes the cake as far as those two categories. Superb. Rich notes of butterscotch and vanilla just oozing off of this, filling the room with their essence. Warming brings out just that much more, insane the amount of aroma here. Notes of wood, candied sugar and touches of caramel and toffee, unreal. It was like it was made for this moment, just for me. Each sip bringing more and more subtle flavors, things I did not think could even be brought to the table are dominating my palate. Then it hit that sweet spot at around room temperature, that rich toffee, butterscotch caramel, fusion of a flavor that I seek out in all but the greatest of barrel offerings, here it is in all its glory, and I melt into the glass. Long finish of sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors dripping from every sip, warm vanilla and woody notes swirling around, dancing on the tongue, every ounce is savored, relished, and appreciated.
Sipping for the next two hours becomes a lesson in pure relaxation and self gratification. I have become comfortably numb.

mikesgroove, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to fogdog for sharing this rare treat. Pours garnet with brown edges and off white head. The aroma brings up notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon, some caramel and an inviting thin layer of dark fruitiness. The taste is smooth even rich goodness with a very nice mix of vanilla, caramel and oak to start. It then picks up some bourbon and booze heat by midway. It gets a bit boozy and more bourbony and a tad chemical boozy into the finish. The taste started strong and amazing but finished a bit rough. Some age should smooth that out but I'm sure there will be almost none of this around by that time.

BigMcLargeHuge, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber very generously shared by bring - thanks, Barry! Copied again from notes after earlier rating was deleted.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown color with some tan foam and decent lacing.

S - Awesome aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. This already seems like it's going to live up to the hype.

T - Similar to the aroma, with a great sweet caramel/toffee malt background, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some dark fruits. There really is a lot going on in this beer.

M - Amazing palate - smooth creamy, and a little syrupy with medium-full body.

D - Way too high. This just keeps you wanting more. Overall this is a phenomenal beer.

nickd717, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at a recent tasting, can't remember who shared this, but it was pretty good.

Hazy brown pour, it sits in the glass nearly opaque, topped with a thin off-white head. The nose is full of caramel and dates, sherry-like oxidation, vanilla, bourbon and wood. This has oxidized in a great way. I get similar flavors on the palate; rich caramel and fruity sweetness balanced by a light boozy kick, subtle oxidation, tobacco and tannins. The finish is borderline dry, almost vinous. I'd love to sit down with a bottle of this to myself; my small glass was entirely too easy to drink.

largadeer, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz copper-wax dipped bomber into tulip.
Thanks to a friend who brought this up to FFF's to split.

A - Pours dark red/copper/brown with a small off-white head. Mirky, but not overly so. No real lacing because of the small amount of head, but this doesn't bother me at all.

S - Yum! Bourbon, dark fruits, malt, a sweet alcohol nose in there as well.

T - Outstanding! This beer has aged well over the 9 months since purchase. The bourbon and sweetness of the dark fruits/malt combine into an epic brew. It's not hot at all, just perfect for my tastes.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, nice oily finish.

D - I wish I had another bottle to try again sometime but alas, this was my only chance to sample this one unless I get lucky in the future. An excellent BA Barleywine!

Sean9689, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served up a hazed humble shade of brown with, sadly, no real head formation.

Smell: Lush, heavy aroma of all things sweet one would find in a kitchen cupboard with notes of things one would find in the liquor cabinet.

Taste: Rich, sweet caramel, Grade 'B' maple syrup, and melted brown sugar initially. Dried dark fruitiness. The coconut is far more prominent in the taste, presenting a small, meager sip of Malibu. There's a spicy, earthy bitterness, but it's no match for the full-on sweetness. Transient wooden tastes. More brown sugar and now some split vanilla beans. While there is a fair amount of alcohol heat, it's well contained beneath the heavy layers of sweet flavors. Long, semi-sweet finish with more of that satisfying alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very sweet, very dessert-like, and very enjoyable. It's nice to just sit with this one quietly, soaking in all the goodness.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open this up in honor of BA buckeyesox...cheers! One of only 380 bottles. Poured from a 22 oz. copper wax topped bomber into a snifter.

A- Pour a dark translucent amber. When held into light shades of garnet are visible. Produced a thin off-white colored head. Reduced to a ring over consumption.

S- Cornucopia of fantastic aromas. Notes of bourbon and oak dominate the nose. Underneath this layer, vanilla and caramel malts are evident. A bit of alcohol is detectable in the finish.

T- There is a sweet caramel flavor upfront that sits on the palate and lasts through out. As the beer is consumed a vanilla, oak flavor kicks in, leading the way to a distinct bourbon finish. The flavors meld together perfectly. Alcohol is only felt by the growing warmness in the chest after each sip. There is a slight hops presence, but the bourbon quickly overpowers it.

M- Full bodied, yet maintains a lighter feel on the palate. Coats the palate nicely.

D- For a big beer, this beer is pretty damn drinkable. The distinct bourbon flavor, coupled with the chest warming is the only thing holding this one back.

Overall, a fantastic barleywine. I wish I had another bottle to cellar as I could see this one aging beautifully.

rhinos00, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

Thanks, Eric!

A - Poured with a slightly off-white head; slightly clear darkish brown color

S - Bourbon; wood; maybe oak?; bit of booziness; dark sweet maltiness

T - Marshmallows; burnt sugar; bit of a hop shot; warming alcohol

M - Creamy and thick; nice pop of carbonation; really great

D - Awesome given the breadth of flavors and heft of the brew

Overall, this was one damn interesting brew, and I consider myself very lucky for having tried it. Highly recommended!

Nickls, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of drunkmonk
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby chestnut, small tan head gives way quickly to a wispy swirling lace. Vanilla, bourbon, and oak mingle with caramel, dried plum, fig, brown sugar and some spicy phenols. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, jump out in front and sweet dried fruits hold the middle. An earthy hop spiciness, along with the boozy alcohol notes keep things from becoming to sweet. This comes right to the line, but never crosses it. Mouth is full and chewy, spot on for style. Alcohol is never overbearing but warms all the way down. This is a fantastic sipper. Another crazy hook-up from DavidEddie. Thanks bro, I had a blast with this.

drunkmonk, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of hoppymeal
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jay and Joe for the opportunity. Pours a ruddy brown color with a medium size, very light tan cream head which slowly dissipates. Aroma shows ripe dark fruit, sweet grapes, raisins, vanilla, woodiness, a little leather, and a hint of alcohol too; strongest in sweet fruity maltiness. Taste follows with more of the prune and raisin sweet maltiness, accentuated by the vanilla and some caramel, but also cut nicely by a strong mix of heat from the alcohol and an oaky bite. Mouthfeel is medium in body, for as sweet as the flavor is it is not at all too thick, sticky or cloying, low to medium carbonation, alcohol is apparent, but not over the top, just adding a bit of warmth and drying. Overall, a great beer, i am extremely thankful to some of my best trading partners to have a bottle to age for a bit. The sweetness is strong, and the wood notes are fairly big, but could easily be bigger against the vanilla and caramel. Definitely one of the top barrel aged american barleywines out there.

hoppymeal, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of crayphish
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had the chance to sample one of my two bottles while relaxing after brewing an IPA. The beer pours a deep dark bark brown color. Just hints of light around the edges. A moderate khaki head sits atop and leaves a fair share of lacing as its consumed. Smell is a big bourbon note with softer hints of sugary molasses and warm ripe fruits. This big hit of bourbon had me worried that this beer would be dominated by it. Taste is an immediate wallop of bourbon that quickly mellows to reveal a huge delicate underbalance of sweetened figs, sweet bread, and just a touch of alcohol. Very interesting and enjoyable. The change between the bourbon punch and the mellower malty tones makes this a great beer to move around your mouth. Its a big tasty beer, though drinking more than a pint in a sitting would be over kill.

crayphish, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- a murky dark brown body that hardly any light can penetrate. ruby around the edges. a very small crown of beige colored head forms on the top.

S- i can immediately tell this is barrel aged. vanilla and oak are dominant. tons of sweet malt and bourbon follow. lots of caramel and toffee malt and a touch of dark, ripe fruits. plums, figs, raisins/tobacco, and pear.

T- very sweet malts are up first. lots of the fruit i can smell. cherries, plums, figs, and raisins. loads of bourbon, and to a lesser extent vanilla. very easy to believe this spent about a year in a bourbon barrel.

M- medium to full bodied and sinfully smooth. theres a slight alcohol burn, but it adds to the experience of this one.

D- wow. the two bottle per person limit makes me sad. it makes me wish i had saved this for a special occasion, and that i could have many more of these waiting for a similar occasion. so easy to drink for the strength, and quite the pleasure at that. if its feasible, check this one out. i assure you it will be worth the rigamorle.

jwinship83, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy ruby brown color with a small slowly developing off white head and a thin ring of lacing.

Scent of sugars, strong oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, grassy hops and more oak and bourbon. Very heavy oak and bourbon characteristics here, which is to be expected after aging for nearly a year. Maybe it's because I love bourbon (especially Woodford Reserve) that my review is a bit biased, but this is nearly flawless.

Taste of strong oak, bourbon, vanilla, grassy hops, and caramel. Finishes fairly dry with some caramel and strong oak and bourbon flavors. Incredible, oak and bourbon characteristics shine though marvelously with the rest of the beer holding its own after the aging.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with a hint of carbonation.

Very drinkable, but this one should be savored slowly.

paco1029384756, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a copper-colored wax sealed 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to pop for trekking down to Flossmoor to pick these up with me. Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Review # 666!!!

A: Pours a murky & muddy caramel-brown color with a small, light-brown head. The head retains for awhile and then gradually recedes leaving behind some spotty specks of lace.

S: Heavenly aromas of vanilla, bourbon, coconut, caramel, toffee, dry oak, and spicy hops. Incredible nose on this one!

T: HUGE slap of caramel and vanilla with sides of hot boozy bourbon, coconut, hops, and sweet toffee. Heat is tamed by the immense sweetness.

M: Big, sweet, and slick with a fine bit of dryness brought about by the oak and a wonderful spicy hop bitterness. Finishes sweet & peppery and very sticky.

D: Unbelievable! How can something be this big and yet, so easy to drink? Expertly balanced.

GbVDave, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light brown colored ale, with an outstanding nose and quite a bit of depth. Bourbon soaked wood, vanilla, coconut and interesting traces of the original beer as well. Taste packs a nice punch, with an array of layered flavors. Everything I look for in a barrel-aged beer. Heavy mouth feel, balanced but bold flavors of the barrel, but the base beer delivers quite a bit as well. I like it a lot, but I like sweet barrel aged beers.

Crosling, Jul 30, 2008
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...

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a muddy brown with mahogany highlights and no head.

S - Raspberry, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, bourbon and some dark fruits.

T - Bourbon, vanilla and oak with molasses, caramel and brown sugar followed by figs and rum soaked raisins. Nice and complex.

M - Medium to thick mouthfeel but not sticky for how sweet it is. Very nice.

D - Thanks to Matt for sharing this one. Go Badgers ;) This was bottled over a year ago and has been better fresh (on-tap) so I feel I am not doing it complete justice but it is very tasty even with some age on it.

brewcrew76, Apr 13, 2008
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.

SPLITGRIN, Nov 02, 2007
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.

akorsak, May 02, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another barrel aged beer on tap for the night before Dark Lord. Am I happy I went here:)

Muddy brown opaque glob of a mess. A tan head has good retention and lacing considering the ABV.

Sweet bourbon, with toasty big vanilla and oak. A candied sugar of the brown variety bordering on mollasses helps things balance. Sweet puree of fig, rum soaked raisins, prune and freshly tapped maple. Alcohol is showing but leaves the mind wondering what this toffee infused caramel roasted beast will bring forth.

Very balanced, complex, and even more delicious. Bourbon and toasty oak are integrated to perfection. The paste of gid is raked acrross the palate. Brown sugar, cane sugar, and bordering mollasses fill things out. Candied roasted pear, with rum soaked raisin, and various nut varieties.

Neverending finish and drinkablility.

mcallister, Apr 29, 2007
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Wooden Hell from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.