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Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 66
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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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 MbpBugeye
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Schwaeh. Thanks Steve.

Appearance
The first think I noticed, as others poured their samples and the bottle made its way around to me, is that this beer is very thick and syrupy. It moves very slowly. A very small head is formed as bubbles try to work their way through the viscous liquid.

Aroma
This stuff is quite snappy. Lots of rye bread and toasted rye crust. Lots of caramel and grain. Hops are sturdy as well.

Taste
Quite spicy and full of rye and caraway. Like a rich, snappy toasted bread. Some alcohol and piney hops.

Mouthfeel
Very, very thick. The stuff feels as syrupy as it looks. Low carbonation with a tingly alcohol warmth.

Overall
I think I was the least impressed with this one. Its solid, but I just don't think its spectacular.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slips out a hazed, amber-gold body in color and capped with a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Some heady alcoholic wafts out ahead of the caramel-glazed pale malts, scant dark fruits, subdued snippets of rye, and light citrus.

Taste: Establishes a sugary sweetness at the opening sip, with a slight spicy rye bread element (though, I don't find it ultimately plays a large role in the taste -- maybe a bit low-fi rye) and plenty of caramel sauce. Some dark fruitiness. Citrus and lightly resinous pine alongside a fair degree of bitterness. It's certainly boozy throughout, finishing dry and a bit hot with a lingering bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Quite frankly, I found this one to be simply OK.

Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of vinny21bal
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks normyk

A-transparrnt maroon color that looks alot like tea
S-csnt really get anything off of the nose.
T-faint hops and a smooth body. Not as good as I was expecting
M-medium body and smooth
O-I think the hype took over a little on this one. Not that great. Above average at best

Photo of JAXSON
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a very clear auburn red with some pink around the edges. Looks very thin. Nose is very straightforward malt, lots of sugars. Some honey, lightly earthy, a bit singular. Flavor is more expressive than the nose but sort of disappointing. Mostly some young malt and honey, a lot of hops in the finish which I didn't expect at all. Definitely some rye grain in there, which is a nice touch, but the malt expression on this is too simple and the hop bite makes it come across as a strong, malt-forward rye IPA or something. Palate is thin but pretty lush. Not a bad beer, but not especially great. I still have hopes for the barrel aged version but I won't expect anything in the same league as Wooden Hell.

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 seeswo
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 bottle opened next to a bunch of heavy hitters.
Pours a brownish golden color with a bit of off-white head. Looks the part. The nose is rye, caramel and something else. Maybe a touch of tropical citrus. The taste is caramel-rye bread in the kind of odd, harsh way that that sounds like it might taste like. The hops are largely gone, leaving this beer a touch sweet. As a straight up rye beer, this is more enjoyable than as a barleywine, where it is merely ok. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Overall, this beer is fine, but not great.

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewmasterNate for the trade on this one. I decided to open this up at a recent tasting and share with friends. Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a polished, clear color of copper with a white cap that holds strong around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacework sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is fruity with a fresh grainy backing, rye and a spicy inclusion of caraway. The fruity, almost apple skin character and sweetness throws me off a bit in the nose of this brew. As the brew warms, there is a bit of a young green yeastiness left in the nose.

The taste is like apple skin fruit character that is spiced with caraway and a bit of toasty rye malt that is faintly bready. The fruity apple sweetness clashes a bit with herbal hops and the lasting spiced flavor of caraway leading to a taste that is caught between toasty and smoked.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. It was easy drinking but left me wanting/expecting more of a complex and bold flavor profile. All in all this is a clean finishing brew with a well hidden 11% abv. This brew left me whole heartily underwhelmed. I plan on drinking this again on a fresh palate and will update my review then.

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 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 Wadsey
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. 

Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of pmoney
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of PHBoiler
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle for sending this my way! Poured into a tulip. Nice amber color with an off white head. There is a small quarter inch off white head.

The aroma is full of grapefruity hops and toffee malt. This is very aromatic.

The taste has a very hop-forward balance. The sweetness from the malt is just enough for a barleywine yielding a nice caramel note.

The body is medium to full, with soft fluffy carbonation.

I like this one. It isn't super special or mindblowing, but I like the hoppyness to go with the malt sweetness.

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 billshmeinke
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Side by side with the barrel aged version. Review is from notes from Easter.

Clear dark amber body with a finger of off white head. Good lacing and retention.

Smells of caramel and toffee malts then some spicy rye gets in there. Then I even get some butter popcorn flavor Jellie Bellies. Rad.

Tastes of caramel up front, then burnt toffee, rye bread as well. The finish is spicy rye and caramel/toffee. It's also fairly hoppy with a rye/carroway seed bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full without being too heavy. Low carbonation. Pretty bitter too.

A solidly hoppy and bitter American Barleywine. Rye is an interesting dimension, but oerall not wowed.

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 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.

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Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.