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Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Hi-Fi RyeHi-Fi Rye

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

118 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 147
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Brewed with 58% rye malt and caraway seed. "Rye Barleywine".

(Beer added by: beertooth on 03-20-2010)
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Reviews by Wadsey:
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Wadsey

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Hi-Fi Rye, vintage 2010

Served in DFH signature glass. 

A: Pours clear, deep amber with dense, white head that would look at home atop a nitro beer. Great retention and foamy sheets attached to glass. 

S: Sharp spicy rye, caramel, black pepper and caraway seeds. Additional aromas include caramelized brown sugar, honey, and faded citrus hops. 

T: Malty sweetness and spicy rye vie for dominance. Caramelized brown sugar, honey, black pepper and caraway seeds make up secondary layer. Medium to medium-high bitterness attempts to offset sweetness. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Incredibly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol makes itself known in this category, albeit relatively subtly. 

O: I enjoy the rye twist on an American Barleywine. Plus, Hi-Fi Rye looks and feels superb. 

09-20-2011 03:53:16 | More by Wadsey
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

03-04-2014 20:58:03 | More by tectactoe
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Schlais

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-15-2013 02:48:55 | More by Schlais
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the bourbon-barrel version.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of spicy rye and caraway notes, as well as some biscuit malt and some toffee. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

The flavor is full of rye, along with some sweet brown sugar notes. I also get some toffee malt as well as some alcohol. Easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

11-08-2011 05:35:49 | More by Mora2000
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev 0%

22oz bomber with beige wax poured into a sampler.

Pours a hazy golden color with no head but a ton of lacing. Nose is sweet and bitter with a lot of earthy rye.

Taste is sharp and earthy, bitter, and a lot of rye which I love. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, nice sharp finish. Very good.

02-11-2012 18:17:37 | More by kingcrowing
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-18-2013 10:12:38 | More by MrVonzipper
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nkersten

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8%

Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler. Reddish brown with burnt orange at the edges and an off white head good retention. Lots of rye in the smell, some sweet barley, caramel, toffee, strange smell of rice, some spicy hops. Taste is very sweet caramel, some spicy rye, raisins, figs, and dark fruit. Caraway pops out at the end and lends an interesting flavor. Mouthfeel has a heavy body and very light carbonation, finishes with a bit of alcohol. Not an amazing beer, but solid.

04-16-2011 17:15:29 | More by nkersten
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

2010 vintage. Poured from a waxed and capped bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin light caramel head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy caramel color. Lacing is spotty and spare with little stick. Thick legs. Average given the style.

Caramel, brown sugar, golden raisins and toffee. Some astringent hoppiness hiding in the background. Moderately aromatic and sweet. Nice subtlety.

Opens caramel and brown sugar. Some toffee with raisin stem bitterness towards the middle. More brown sugar and caramel sweetness in the middle with a boozy end. Finishes brown sugar graininess with a bit of a boozy aftertaste. Solid.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and super silky in the mouth and goes down with a bit of booziness. Finish is accented with a warm, softer, lingering aftertaste. Superb.

A really solid surprise here. Could use a little more sweetness in the taste but the feel is amazing and even with a little over a year on it, this still has tons of aging potential. Can't wait to try the BA version.

05-13-2012 19:58:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
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beertooth

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Ben(madorb) popped open a bottle at the release today. It was poured into taster glasses and shared with Wil(wilwfu) and Susie(brewsie).

Pours a very viscous and syrupy maple colored liquid with a thin light khaki collar.

The nose is made up of sweet, doughy malts, spicy rye, black licorice, caramel, vanilla. It reminds me of a nicely aged barleywine, but without the oxidization.

The taste follows the nose closely. Sweet caramel, rye, slight hop bite, black candies, vanilla, It's straight forward and solid. It really tastes like a nicely aged barleywine. It finishes sticky and dry, but goes down smoothly. The ABV is impossible to detect.

The mouthfeel is full with a low level of carbonation, but still isn't as syrupy as I thought it would be judging from the pour.

Hi-Fi is a really interesting take on the style. Despite the ABV it wouldn't be hard to enjoy a whole bottle by yourself, but it's always better to share. Rye is hard to brew with and this beer was made with almost 60% malted rye. Good job Bryan! I can't wait for the bourbon barreled version. I think this one could be a real sleeper.

03-20-2010 17:52:16 | More by beertooth
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1%

22oz wax topped bottle into a few glasses. Ruby with light mocha head. Rich retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is caraway, molasses, cocoa, caramel, and some green citrus. Taste is identical with added roast and spicy alcohol. Fairly sweet overall. Full bodied with some sharpness and plenty of alcohol warmth. Complex but the ABV interferes occasionally. Share this one.

01-22-2013 20:15:30 | More by Kegatron
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morimech

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2011 23:22:36 | More by morimech
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emerge077

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

10-25-2013 16:28:48 | More by emerge077
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of spicy rye notes with some caramelized notes and some residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by some spicy rye notes with some heavy caramelized malt with light toffee notes and quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is quite full with medium to low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with lots of extreme flavours and just enough balance for the residual sugars not too take over the whole mix. I still think that additional attenuation would be beneficial for this beer and most other Flossmoor beers.

07-08-2013 17:25:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-17-2012 04:08:15 | More by hoppymcgee
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-28-2011 13:32:03 | More by enelson
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jegross2

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -40%

Reviewing the Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 1) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois. This is the base beer of the Batch 1 Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye.

Score: 60

Batch 1 bottle served in a plastic taster cup and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours a much more “cloudy” caramel color than either of the barrel-aged vintages. A lot more ruby transparencies are apparent. Pours a thin bubble tan layer than settles to a ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Fruity sweet caramel malt and not much else. Faint brown sugar notes. It’s shocking how one-dimensional this beer is considering how complex the barrel-aged version of this vintage was. 3/5

Taste: Sweet and malty caramel water with some faint fruitiness. That’s it. No rye flavor, no dark fruit, no hoppiness. This beer has totally fallen off. Not undrinkable, but so is 312 – why bother? 2/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Sweet and malty. 2.5/5

Overall: I cannot attest for the beer fresh, but the original non-barrel aged vintage has completely fallen off. I recommend skipping this one.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

02-19-2013 05:43:48 | More by jegross2
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

amber color with a thick head of white that while staying low to the surface, certainly had some nice staying power.

Feel is like syrup, just thick, and really filling. Loads of hops jumping right out at me, even with a little age on it. Fresh pine, hints of candied sugar, an almost medicinal like quality at times peaks its head up. Still though all very, very nice. Rich flavor here, candied sugar, notes of hops and rich grassy, herbal qualities. For as strong as this one was it really kept the ABV very, very nicely hidden. Sipping an hour later I was amazed at just how well rounded this one really was.

Overall just a super solid and very well put together Bwine.

12-12-2011 02:18:14 | More by mikesgroove
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-18-2011 18:54:54 | More by FreshmanPour77
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-16-2013 06:57:13 | More by oline73
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-28-2013 04:43:14 | More by Etan
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claspada

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%

2011 Bottle, released late February courtesy of acurtis.

Pours a syrupy thick looking honey amber color with a small light khaki/cream colored head that dissipates leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a spicy rye atop some bready biscuit malt, hints of with some light pine needle and floral hoppiness and hints of other spicing (apparently caraway seeds according to the bottle, wouldn't have known otherwise). As it warms you get more of the caramel/toffee sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with a mild bitterness with plenty of toffee, toasted bread and brown sugar. In the finish of the beer your get plenty of spicy rye notes with some caraway providing a really distinctive flavor to this beer. The hop flavor is there, but not the main attraction; only helps the rye malt to balance out the sweet/caramel malty backbone.

The mouthfeel is interesting, starts out quite heavy and thick and you think it's going to be too sweet but the rye and caraway seeds quickly dry out the finish leaving a nice balance between dry rye and sweet malt.

Overall at first I wasn't impressed with the look, aroma or taste, but after a few sips I understand and really enjoy the flavor profile of this beer. Not sure how this had changed over the last year as this is the first time I have sampled it, but I think it is perfect right now after a year and I wouldn't wait any longer to consume. Really big, bold, lightly sweet, caramel malty beginning with a nice balanced dryness from the caraway seeds, lighter hop flavors and the prevalent but never dominant rye. No alcohol flavor what so ever; the only way you know it's a big beer is the semi-viscous look during the pour and the slightly heavy mouthfeel. Pretty sure it's coming out again this year so definitely seek in out in a couple weeks, highly recommended.

02-10-2012 00:22:42 | More by claspada
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured into a snifter. I had the BA version yesterday, so I figured I'd have this while the memory is still fresh. I'm not sure what vintage this is, but the bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%. Oddly enough there was some what appeared to be rust underneath the heavy layer of wax. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

4.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber plum color. One finger of beige, superbly dense creamy head. Retention is about average for a beer this big, but a good deal of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Shockingly, this smells like the BA version, but without the bourbon and barrel. Big aggressive spicy earthy rye and plenty of caraway seeds too. Plum and fig fruits, caramel and some toffee. It was tough to pick up the caramel in the BA version, so I guess that's how this one is a bit different.

3.5 T: Maybe it's because this is the second time through this beer, but the taste isn't nearly as powerful as it was in the BA version. Yes, the spicy earthy rye and caraway are still plentiful, but this isn't slapping my taste buds silly. There's also less fruitiness, a touch more bitterness, and more toffee and caramel. It's still tasty, but isn't as impressive as the one I had yesterday.

3.5 M: It might be because it has more carbonation, but this is a lot thinner than the BA version. Heavier medium body instead of syruppy heavy body. Carbonation level is much better though. Doesn't have the major chewiness, which I like, but it also isn't particularly creamy.

3.5 D: Tasty beer, but the BA version killed this, but that might have something to do with the vintage. Who knows. Worth a try

06-15-2012 04:45:14 | More by DavoleBomb
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a butter colored wax sealed bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet. Special thanks to a generous unknown trader at DLD '10 for this bottle!

A: Pours a dark mahogany with rusty highlights. Great dark color! Not much head formed and barely any lace was left stuck to the glass.

S: Fantastic aroma. Caramel, rye malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Was able to detect some dark fruit, molassas, and black licorice as well.

T: I was surprised at how rye forward this beer was. Loads of spicy/prickly rye that blend well with the strong alcohol. All the aforementioned smells are present in the taste and the cavalcade of sweet and savory flavors lend this excellent balance and keep it from becoming a hot, dry, and boozy mess.

M: Sweet, sticky, and very filling. The rye/alcohol one, two punch brings a subtle spicy dryness to the mix that makes finishing the bottle in one sitting well within the realm of possibility. Dry and spicy rye plays on the tongue during the long finish.

D: For an 11% rye barleywine, this was excellent! Very silky and smooth and the alcohol really didn't rear its' head until the very end.

08-15-2010 17:29:27 | More by GbVDave
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-21-2013 15:57:51 | More by aasher
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-05-2012 01:24:37 | More by schwaeh
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Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.