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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
92
outstanding

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
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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Auztan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-06-2012 18:03:31 | More by Auztan
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-17-2012 23:50:00 | More by ncaudle
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

09-27-2012 00:29:18 | More by t0rin0
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.  

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 01:16:44 | More by corby112
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SirIPAalot


4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-19-2012 16:20:58 | More by SirIPAalot
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-22-2012 04:50:36 | More by brystmar
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:45:14 | More by DavoleBomb
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 15:10:56 | More by sweemzander
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:58:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
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antoines15

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-19-2012 00:17:05 | More by antoines15
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:40:44 | More by JoEBoBpr
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-19-2012 20:33:51 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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FosterJM

California

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 15:59:51 | More by FosterJM
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JMRSN

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-13-2012 00:48:53 | More by JMRSN
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-12-2012 03:12:34 | More by bsuedekum
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doughanson78

Washington

5/5  rDev +21.1%

03-03-2012 06:55:44 | More by doughanson78
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-20-2012 23:18:58 | More by imperialking
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 12:42:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-17-2012 04:08:15 | More by hoppymcgee
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 18:17:37 | More by kingcrowing
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claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:22:42 | More by claspada
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-01-2012 17:44:38 | More by SpillyBeers
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pzymali

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-29-2012 03:42:52 | More by pzymali
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-05-2012 01:24:37 | More by schwaeh
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-28-2011 13:32:03 | More by enelson
Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.