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Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 146
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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4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

-very dark crimson brown that you have to work to get some light through. khaki colored head that lasts for a good bit and a nice medium head to start

-wow. right off the bat i know this is gonna be good. that rich barley smell with some complements of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, fig, custard, a light leather and a hint of spice

-all the flavors of the smell, but even more rye spice shows up. you can really let it sit in your mouth and melt like a chewy caramel

-this may be my highest of ratings for mouthfeel. i love those rich chewy strong beers and this is that incarnate. super full and sticky. love it

-a monster of a beer that i could easily drink to myself, yet it is so good i have to share it. easily moves into one of my top beers

juhl31, Oct 08, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I.m about to gush in a way that smacks of unreasonableness and bias. The simple fact is that from my first taste back before it was officially released, through 5 shared bottles, and to my glass tonight (4 months later) this was & is among my top 5 all time beers out of the 5000 different craft brews I have tried over 20 years, fresh from the source in 15 countries. I say that to give credibility to this beer, not as a braggart (it just means I'm and old drunk who likes variety).

It pours a deep, dark crimson that barely shows its red hues when held directly against light. The head is a thick, soft, off-white cream that hold for some time and foreshadows to perfect mouthfeel to come. A pleasant lacing clings to the glass for the the duration of consumption.

The smell is subtle but complex, with notes of toasted marshmallow, and a caraway accented spice note that is reminds me of many Belgian ales. The taste has these same qualities combined with molasses and a bitter bite from the caraway. There is also a fruitiness that bolsters the Belgian character (this Belgian character is more pronounced now with aging). It is deeply malty with a more pronounced rye flavor than any beer I've had (makes sense at 68% rye malt).
There is no distinct hop note, but the overall complexity is clearly impacted by the hops that blend into the other dimensions of the palate. It's more of an English Barleywine in that way.
The mouthfeel is simply perfect for the style. Its carbonation is creamy and its medium-heavy on the tongue but not sugary and syrupy in a way that sticks around afterwards. I'm big on texture and mouthfeel and this is as good as it gets for rich, dark brew.

This is not an aggressive beer, but its full of enough subtle flavors that you have to mediate on it to fully appreciate it. This isn't the kind of beer that will have universal appeal in the beer geek world, but everything about this beer just rubs me the right way.

Tbone, Jun 20, 2010
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4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured and looked like how I would expect burnt honey to appear; sluggish and deep orangish.

S: Citrus and pine needles with a rye bread and light pepper, booze and sugar

T: Amazingly good. I am a huge fan of rye barleywines and this is probably the best I have had. The rye lends a nice bready but lightly peppered taste and feel with a nice hop bill of citrus, pine. Some caramel and light burnt brown sugar and stinging booze are also present

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, warm and big bodied

O: Fantastic. One of my new favorites. This beer proves you don't need a barrel to make an outstanding bwine!

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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice oily viscous liquid with some nice dark copper notes that is quite murky and hazy. There is some nice amber and orange notes to this brew. There is also a nice 0.25 inch head.

Aroma starts off with some nice sugary caramel notes and some great molasses. Tons of sweetness that is met and blended will with some nice spicy Rye character. Then some nice citrus ho notes are perceived. Slight boozy notes are perceived.

Flavor starts off with some nice caramel and molasses sweetness. Nice citrus and pine hop notes very resinous. There are some nice rye spice notes mixed in with the nice caramel sweetness. Very smooth tasting brew and very easy to drink or the ABV. The finish is nice and dry with tons of bitterness and a nice citrus bite. Grapefruit notes and some slight orange rind. Mouthfeel is perfect. Oily and slick but with some nice prickly carbonation.

Great AB. Delicious mix of caramel, molasses and the rye spice. Tons of citrus hop notes and some nice resinous notes. Nice bitter dry finish.

JoEBoBpr, Apr 09, 2012
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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.

GbVDave, Aug 15, 2010
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Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.