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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
91
outstanding

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 148
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 nhindian:
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #11 from Khazadum with the text: "They brewed this with one of my favorite seasonings in Polish cuisine."

22oz waxed bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy orange, burnt sienna. about a finger tall head that actively fizzes out. As I swirl it, the foam cascades down quickly and leaves some alcohol legs behind. I can see some carbonation sticking to the edges of the glass as well. (4/5)

S - When I popped the cap, I got a big whiff of citrus, so I was kind of expecting an IPA of some sort. My first smell sort of crushes that prediction. It's very malty and sweet, but does still retain some of that hop character. I'm thinking this is a pretty hoppy barleywine at this point. There is some spiciness here as well, maybe from the hops? Or is that rye? Very interesting and a good combination with the hops. The alcohol does come through a bit with some fusel fumes at the back-end. (4/5)

T - Woo boy this thing is deep. I am almost convinced the spiciness of this is coming from rye now, and it mixes with the alcohol to really give it a strong kick. Also sticking with the barleywine prediction, as this is chock full of sweetness and caramel malts. The finish is ripe with hops, giving off a great flavor of oranges and maybe some mango as well. Chock full of flavor that lingers for ages afterward. (4.5/5)

M - This is probably my least favorite part of the beer. It's pretty syrupy and thick, and the pop when opened and carbonation lacing the glass apparently are mere illusions as there is very little carbonation in here. Not to say that isn't expected a little for the (I think) style, but with these flavors, booze, and heaviness, it does weigh on the palate. (3.5/5)

D/O - Despite the mouthfeel, this is still a very drinkable beer. While the alcohol is apparent, it actually works to accentuate the flavors (especially the rye, if I think that's what it is. If not, the high hop spice) rather than detract from them. It still is a slow-drinker (I poured under half the bottle and I've been drinking it for about a half hour or so already), but at no point did I want to quit drinking it. Now the million dollar question is should I finish the bottle and probably pay for it later / tomorrow morning??? (4/5)

I am going with a rye barleywine for this one. I honestly don't know many of these at all, so I guess I'll go with Flossmoor Station Hi-Fi Rye.

The reveal: Flossmoor Station Hi-Fi Rye! I've really been wanting to try this and has been on my wants for a few months. Thanks a ton Khazadum! I'm guessing the seasoning was the caraway seeds? Can't say I really know what they taste like...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:19:15 | More by nhindian
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Brewed with caraway seeds. My favorite seed.

APPEARANCE: Pours out viscous and yields a one finger, thicker looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Hazy mahogany orange in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some good lacing down the glass. Really nice looking.

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Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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