Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 143
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:
Beer added by: beertooth on 03-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with 58% rye malt and caraway seed. "Rye Barleywine".
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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 67
Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nkersten
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beertooth
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kbuzz
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was just about the perfect be to my palate. Bottle was from 2013. Yummy.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of jegross2
2.53/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of claspada
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by a generous individual at Dark Lord Day.

A: Pours a nice, deep mahogany with an off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Initial whiff is spicy rye atop some bready biscuit malt, hints of anise, and a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness in the background.

T: Slightly spicy rye is again at the fore, although there is a very nice somewhat sherry-like sweetness backing it up.

M: Medium body and somewhat cloying, but not overly so, as the rye's dry and spicy characteristics balance it out nicely.

D: Very drinkable. A fairly complex brew, and one of the best beers I've had from Flossmoor.

Photo of vkv822
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
2011 bottle.

Pours a clear amber with slight orange hues and an off-white, toffe-hued head that dissipates to leave a thin film with a few random clusters of larger bubbles.

The aroma is of toffee and caramel malts, with a blend of pine hops and rye and caraway notes in the finish, as well as some faint alcohol notes.

The taste is quite smooth, with more sweet caramel toffee malts followed quickly by the spice of the rye and caraway seeds and then some hoppy pine notes. Faint alcohol notes, though it is quite well hidden overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly low carbonation. It finishes just a tad syrupy, though this is what I look for in a barleywine.

Quite smooth and well blended flavors. Without the rye this would probably be a tasty, yet fairly average barleywine. But thankfully it does have the rye, and it makes it something memorable!

Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe I've never reviewed this before as I've had it four or five times now.

A - Amber colored beer with a white head that had nice retention and left some pretty decent lace on the sides.

S - Smell is of caramel with some nice spicy rye. Burnt sugar, caramalized malts, and caraway in the finish. Nice job of highlighting the more interesting additions to this beer without being gimmicky or bad.

T - Pretty nice tasting, with the spicy rye and caraway breaking up the caramel backbone. Good toffee with a nice hoppy bitterness on the end.

M - Bigger side of medium with lower carbonation.

O - Nice beer, very unique and can really grow on you. Have a few bottles of this that I'm going to enjoy drinking.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance: dark amber to light brownish colored body.

Smell: Hops; citris... mainly grapefuit and herbal. Hints of rye and caraway.

Taste: Brown sugar sweetness and malty. Some biterness from the hops blend into the malty flavors and rye breadiness and hints of caraway seeds that are faint. Not boozey at all.

Mouthfeel: Full boded beer. Low carbonation; almost syrup.

Drinkability: No boozey burn here easy to drink but still sip it and savor this barleywine! Another great beer from Flossmoor.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 5/20/11

"It smells like someone peed on it."
-schwaeh, who was kind enough to share the bottle, upon taking a sniff of the inside of the removed wax.

Cloudy, rust/copper color. A thin head remains for a while then becoming a skim and smattering of bubbles. Speckled lace.

Smells of spicy rye bread, caramel and some butter toffee. Earthy notions. Zesty citric tones. Smells really nice. Sip one finds subtle citrus, lasting briefly and moving toward rye bread, which is the dominant flavor. Incredibly flavorful. It gets better as it warms. Medium-full body. Low, smooth carbonation. Finishes with lots of rye, to no surprise.

The rye is well-executed. I dig it and wouldn't mind trying it again sometime. Perhaps barleywine isn't the best style but that's neither here nor there.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 Vintage. Got this awhile ago in a trade, but cannot remember from whom.

(A)- Pours a nice clear amber color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A nice carraway/rye malty caramel profile. Also some subtle spice and subtle pine which is quite nice.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice combo of subtle spice (rye) and caramel malt with subtle citrus and pine. Surprising that I seem to be still smelling and tasting the hops after almost 2 years of aging.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and quite a nice balance of malt and subtle spice/hops.

(D)- Quite a nice barleywine. The time has sure helped this and it could have easily gone for longer too. Well balanced.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

After success with another ryewine (Ruggoop, to be specific), I'm excited for this guy. It pours a slightly murky ruby-amber topped by a minor amount of tan foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, ruby red grapefruit, and a light bit of onion. The taste holds notes of sharp citrus rind, firm caramel, cedar, grapefruit, and a few red grape skins tossed in for good measure. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a very enjoyable ryewine, though the rye really doesn't factor in all that much to me. Pretty good times regardless, though.

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me bottles from both the original and re-release of this, and to Richard for a bottle of the re-release as well. Very much appreciated, guys!

This rating is from the 2011 batch.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with high carbonation and an off-white head.

S: Smells barleywine-esque to begin with. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas. The rye and caraway really provide a lot to the beer and are definitely noticeable. Mild hop aroma of citrus peel and floral notes.

T: A mild to moderate bitterness with plenty of toffee, bread, and brown sugar. Spicy rye notes with plenty of caraway providing a really distinctive flavor to this beer. The hop flavor is there, but not the main attraction.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Maybe a bit high for a barleywine.

O: A good barleywine all around. Good aromas and flavors and not harsh or overly boozy.

Photo of Spider889
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had several samples of Hi Fi this year, thanks to both normyk and schwaeh for that.

Dark copper color, not much head but left good lacing.

The aroma felt a little weak. Some spicy pine bitterness and bready malt.

There's lots of really good rye notes in the flavor. Spicy with lingering bitterness. Caramel and roasted malt.

Very dry mouthfeel. Overall not too shabby. I'd really like to try the BA version sometime.

Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1161st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

Thanks to Gurudel for bringing this.

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- A small golden orange with some yellows and a little bit of brown intermixed. No head formed or cling at all. Very syrupy looking in the glass.

Smell- Smells like a barleywine. Had some semi-good malts mixed in with a small bit of caramel and the rye. Didnt get much but it was there.

Taste- It was good but thought it could be better in terms of interlacing the Rye. Seemed a little bit more of a malt bomb with some soft citrus added. I really didnt get all that much Rye. Had a soft sweetness behind it as well.

Mouth- A light medium body with a creamy low-medium carbonation. Soft citrus and malts dominate the after flavors on this one.

Drink- It's good but could've been a lot better IMO. It was a bit too sweet without a backing Rye note even though bottle says Rye.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a orange-y burnt umber hue and is capped with a nice tan head; minor lace ensues.

S - There is a big caramel sweetness, besides that, the nose is spicy and evokes overripe citrus. It seems that the hop and the rye notes are fused aromatically. There is some licorice type spiciness that is subtle, and is likely the contribution of the caraway.

T - Notes of caramel malt, roast and naked grain, hazelnut-cocoa, sticky citrus, and maybe even a hint of vanilla are intially perceived. Caraway, or licorice-anise, is not particularly noted. This is a fairly sweet brew, but quite tasty.

M - The feel is big and sticky. Welcome to Barleywine.

O - I am not the hugest ABW fan, but this one is quite nice, and in my wheel-house for the style.

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Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.