Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 126
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 143
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Barely a thin film of a cap sits atop the mahogany colored liquid and it fades rather quickly; there is not much lacing but there is a tremendous amount of viscous liquid on the side of the chalice

Smell: Rye bread and caramel with a hint of pith

Taste: The caramel stakes a claim at the outset but the rye and caraway spiciness adds its character very quickly and dominates through mid-palate, with just a hint of pithy hops adding a bitter dimension; after the swallow, the rye, caraway, caramel and hops converge to provide an incredibly well-balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation; although it is close to syrupy, I rather like the feel

Drinkability: A really nice barleywine with a noticeable difference both in the rye and caraway flavors as well as the mouthfeel (806 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from madorb. Thanks man! Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of white foam that settles to a thin ring, and leaves behind spotty lace. Mostly transparent ruby body with a slight brown tinge to it.

S - Rye bread, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, hint of caraway and booze. Very sweet, but quite pleasant and enjoyable.

T - Taste has a lot of rye bread, brown sugar, dark fruits, and so forth. The flavor has better balance between toasted grains and sweet things. Booze is better hidden too.

M - Viscous, low carbonation, somewhat syrupy. No obvious alcohol warmth.

D - This is quite nice, and very easy to drink. Not as good as the barrel-aged version though. (693 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Poured into my SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, rye, vanilla, bready malts, and light citrus hops.

t - Tastes of rye, bready malts, caramel malts, vanilla, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice barleywine. Lots of caramel and vanilla to it, and a great smooth and creamy body. Would like to have again and would love to try the bourbon version of it.
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EDIT: Had this again on 11/27/11 side by side with the Bourbon BA version. The BBA version was great, but this was still very very good. I raised the Overall from a 4 to 4.5. (772 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter

Pours a light brown head. Color is a caramel dark brown.

Aroma: Rye with the spice flavors that come along with it show right away. Roasted malts, floral hops, and some toffee. Very malty.

Taste: Big spice and rye notes again. Malty with flavors of toffee and caramel showing. Also has some roasted flavors to it with dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with some spice to it. Amazing feel to it. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with rye in the aftertaste.

Overall, the with a solid bwine. Lots of great flavors and the rye addition was really great. Very happy to have had this one. Decent drinkability. (668 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,238 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark copper color with amber edges and a half finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Complex nose with lots of earthy pine, grassy hops, spicy rye, leathery malt and dark fruit notes.  The rye is really prominent slightly overpowering things but as it warms, there are hints of caramel malt, toffee, plum and fig.  

Medium bodied with a dry, earthy hop presence that compliments the spicy rye very nicely.  Again, the rye flavor dominates but there's also some grassy pine needle bitterness that lingers throughout.  Some needed sweetness underneath from the malt backbone that gives off some toffee, caramel, raisin and fig.  Pretty complex and well balanced with leathery malt and faint booziness in finish.   The high is ABV really well masked making this beer deceptively drinkable.   (868 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/1/2011

Thanks for opening this, Matt.

A: Reddish brown with transparency near the edges. Really nice beige head with great retention and lots of lacing.

S: Bread, caramel, and rye. A swirl of the glass brings out more caramel. Evident caraway. Lightly spicy with tame booze. Gives the impression of rich malt. Faint oxidation with some date and prune.

T: Big caramel notes with light oxidation and a some rye spiciness. Lots of caraway seed in the flavor. Upper low sweetness with a firm moderate earthy bitterness. Rich lustrous malt. Chocolate in the smooth finish.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and sticky with lots of alcohol warming.

Overall: This was very enjoyable. It's somewhere between an Old Ale and an American Barleywine. (789 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.83/5  rDev +19%
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! (623 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to t0rin0.

22oz bottle pouredn into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber-orange with a small tan head. The head fades quickly and leaves tiny spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity, raisin, maple, carmel, white grape.

T - Malty, rye, old fruit. Milder than expected.

D - Mild carbonation and average body.

O - Solid, but a bit underwhelmed. BA HI-FI is next. (387 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drgonzo3705 shared this at a tasting (thanks Paul!). I've previously tried the barrel aged version with the brewer, wish I could try them side-by-side. But VERY happy to have the chance to try this now!

The beer is dark amber with a nice but thin tan head. Sort of murky looking at first, but actually I think it's just very dark. When held up to a light it's somewhere between clear and translucent.

It smells pretty complex, initially I think American barleywine with large sweet malt notes, caramel and such. But the rye adds some spice that works well, and I think the use of more rye and less hops led to the malts taking more of a central role in aroma.

Same in the taste, rye and sweet malts, beers like this could convert me to barleywines. Sweet and spicy, lots of caramel and maybe molasses (not really syrupy so maybe brown sugar is a more appropriate descriptor), tasty with a mild alcohol burn.

Sticky mouthfeel, if there were more hops I'd probably describe it as resinous. But no, it's sticky feeling which matches the flavors pretty well. A sipper to me, and one I'd love to get again. (1,105 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,835 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this, thanks Alex. Review # 1600. Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a lighter transparent brown with tons of red accents. An off white head rises about a finger, falls quickly leaving only a ring and a little lacing...The aroma is sweet, almost too sweet for a barleywine, hops aren't present to cut that. Rye, alcohol, spices, caramel. Good, not great...The taste is better, certainly more balanced and closer to a barleywine. Great quad notes of dark fruits, and brown sugar balanced with some roast and hops. Rye backbone throughout this.

This is pretty decent, needs some work, but I would drink it again. (661 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to miketd who shipped a bottle of this brew to the great state of Minnesota. My wife & I visited Flossmoor last summer & loved it, & rye is our favorite additive, so when I saw this one come out...in small numbers...I figured I'd likely never get a shot at it. But here we are! Split with my wife.

Nice bottle graphics, reminds me of John Cusack's "High Fidelity", a great movie, especially if you're of that generation. Splashed into a sliver of glass, this brew is a dark, brooding red, looks a bit like it needs a Band-Aid. Nose opens with that nice shot of rye spiciness...and that's it. Hmmm.

Hi-Fi opens & closes with a rush of malt rye. Wow. This beer has more rye shot to it than anything I've come across, up to & including Boulevard's Rye-on-Rye. Rye shotguns across the palate, leaving little room for anything else. The rye is all-spice spicy, warm, drying, seedy (that might be the caraway highlighted on the label), a bottom of very slight malt sweetness, & a bit of hops that announce their presence by mingling with the rye in the aftertaste.

There's a bare hint of oxidation creeping into the taste already, so I'm glad I had this one young, I'm not a big fan. This is a big, thick, sludgy brew, & though the bomber is split with my wife, it's going to take me a good 3-4 innings of Twins baseball to put this one down.

Ultimately? This is a really, really good beer. It's a one-dimensional monster to me, but if you like rye, as I do, it's a dimension that I'm thoroughly enjoying. Mike, when the barrel-aged version arrives, expect a knock on your beer mail... (1,605 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Cheers to Tony for generously sharing this and its BA brother!

A: Clear, glinting copper body with a thin off-white head. Spotty lace. Beautiful beer.

S: Smooth, understated nose of rye spice, bready malt, and earthy hops. Quite nice, but surprisingly far from exciting.

T: Sweet + spicy rye malt starts things off, with caramel + vanilla backing it up. Dry spice on the finish. Moderate hops bitterness. Piquant and enjoyable.

M: Rich full body with ample, soft carbonation. Very nice.

D: The rye and alcohol get a little overbearing as I get deeper in. I don't think I'd enjoy a whole bomber...

Notes: Unique and enjoyable, but far from transcendent. I'd gladly drink it again, but I won't be seeking it out; it really pales in comparison to its stunning BA counterpart.

Cheers! (820 characters)

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Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.