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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 318
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 668
Gots: 85 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-11-2011

Bourbon barrel aged American Barleywine brewed with 57% malted rye and caraway seeds, very spicy and boozy!

79 IBU
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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 318
Reviews by nhindian:
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4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer #12 from Khazadum with the text: "You made it! Hopefully it wasn't too much tortue." Oh no, not at all. Some few surprises, many great ones, and so far I've only had two kill shots (although one was unexpected!)

22oz gray-waxed bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a tawny brown color, very dark, murky, and imposing. At first it seems there wouldn't be any head and I got a little nervous, but it slowly grew a 1-fingered, light tan head. It has moderate retention, and the lacing is actually quite nice despite the lack of head. Some spatter of lace where I sip from and also a solid ring as the level (quickly) depletes. As I swirl and drink, a revolving vortex of thin, foamy, cap dances in the middle of the glass. (4/5)

S - Almost instantly I'm greeted with the sweet, alcoholic aroma of bourbon. It has a little alcohol astringency to it, but is washed away by the incoming flood of caramel malts which add even more sweetness. Strangely, although this doesn't appear to be a stout, I am getting strong notes of what I would get from a bourbon-aged stout in that there's very rich chocolate, vanilla, and oak. The barrel has done very nice things to this beer, and the fruitiness from the bourbon is a welcome addition as well. (4.5/5)

T - If the bourbon in the nose came across strongly, it only did so to announce it's presence, as it is more subdued in the taste, which isn't a bad thing as it also cuts down on the alcohol. Again, the flavors in here almost immediately harken me back to a barrel-aged imperial stout because the chocolate in this is seriously impressive. It's rich and thick enough to almost remind me of cocoa butter. The bourbon and malts reclaim the beer after this surge of chocolate, and in comes hints of bourbon-soaked raisins and brown sugar. The finish is still rather sweet, but has some spice kick to it as if there are still some hops lingering from the base beer, but they don't impart any noticeable flavor. Seriously a fantastic tasting beer here. (5/5)

M - This beer is very thick and viscous with low carbonation. I'm torn here. Normally with the intense flavors of a beer such as this, low carbonation tends to make the beer feel syrupy and heavy, but with the big chocolate and vanilla in this, it really works. It also helps that although a bit syrupy, it finishes spicy and rather dry to keep the palate ready for more. I'm really liking it, but that could also be due to my love for bourbon-aged imperial stouts! (4/5)

D/O - I'm honestly floored with this beer. What a way to finish this BIF; with something deep, complex, and worthy of heavy concentration. The appearance and smell only lead you to the water, it's up to me to drink, and drink I did with great joy and excitement with this beer. I just hope that when I peel the label off, it is something that I can get again without much trouble. (4.5/5)

I'm going to just leave my guess at a bourbon-aged barleywine!

The reveal: Flossmoor Station Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hi-Fi Rye. Wow. Talk about a generous inclusion by Khazadum to finish off the BIF with this, I cannot thank you enough!

I guess the spiciness in the finish was the rye, but having it almost back-to-back with the normal version, the rye is very subdued! Again, I can't pin the caraway seeds ;)

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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, big thanks again to Ed for bringing this one to the tasting and sharing it with everyone. Pours a deep-ass amber-copper hybrid color with some dark ruby tints around the edges when held up to the light. Small head (almost no head), beige in color, settles almost instantly. Aroma is humongous - oaky as fuck and bourbony as fuck. The malt base is heavy and full of roasted cocoa beans, caramel, sweet molasses, and dark fruits; plums, dates, figs. Light hints of vanilla and rich syrup are detectable as well. Very sweet overall - super powerful and robust aroma. Very excited to finally taste this one.

Holy Christ, this motherfucker is extremely creamy and smooth on the palate, almost like a melted milkshake. Sweet whiskey and bourbon flavors hang around the edges of every sip and last from start to finish. Oaky, woody, and nutty flavors pop in and out, with the oak being the strongest of the bunch. Lots of sweet, dark fruits play integral roles in the flavor profile; sugar-coated plums, candied figs, sweet raisins - the level of sweetness is so high that it almost imparts a slight tartness to the beer, unlike anything I've ever had. Despite the intense sweetness, it's never cloying, and held in check from the booze, oak, and the rye, which provides a mellow dryness, especially in the finish, alongside some light cocoa powder and sweet molasses.

Good God, this bad boy was insanely drinkable, even with it's largely robust profile. So complex, so creamy, and so sweet, yet balance just enough to provide a superb drinking experience. I can't thank Ed enough for bringing this one along.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the non barrel-aged version.

The beer pours a clear, dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of bourbon and maple notes, with some oak and brown sugar also mixed in. I can definitely get the same notes I got from the base beer, only with all of the barrel-aged character.

The flavor is similar. I get some nice chocolate and toffee notes, as well as a lot of barrel character: vanilla, oak, bourbon and maple. All of the barrel-aged aspects come through very nicely and mix very well with the other beer notes.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I think this is a much better beer than the non barrel-aged version. Drinking them side-by-side was a great experience.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brownish orange in color. Smells sweet with lots of rye, also a lot of alcohol on the nose. Big bourbon on the nose as well. Bourbon is very well blended with the taste. You catch the base beer, sweet, dark fruit, raisin, fig, but the rye really comes out the most. Very creamy mouthfeel. A bit light though, but I like the creaminess. Overall, Fantastic beer. One I would search out for again. The problem is, with american or english barleywines postKH, I compare everything to King Henry. This is very good again, however, does not compare to King Henry. Very good though. Well done Flossmoor.

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Photo of standardcherry
2.24/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

22oz batch 1 bottle poured into a snifter. Wow this is a gusher.

A: Hazy dark brown color. Almost black. Big cream colored head. Did not expect this from a BA beer.
S: I'm pretty sure this is infected. Sour apples and pears, big fruity smell. Some spicy rye character. Reminds me of Seizoen Bretta.
T: Sour. Definitely infected. Sour apples again, spiciness, a bit of caramel. A bit medicinal too.
M: Thin bodied with massive carbonation. This beer gushed over for hours. Not good.
O: I was looking forward to this but it's unfortunately infected. I have another bottle and will re-review soon. Wish I could contact Flossmoor but their website seems to be broken.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with silver wax poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a a dark brown with a nice small brown head. Nose is bourbon and malt, a big bitter from the rye.

Taste is complex and rich, a bit sweet, light bourbon and vanilla oakiness. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Really good carbonation. A sharp bitterness. Very tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for providing this one, cbanker!

Blind Tasting and Review

Dark, murky, brown with a small dark khaki colored head that doesn't last for long and eventually leaves the glass oily and with small dots of lace.

A very nice, well integrated aroma of molasses and toffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. I wish it was all just a bit more pronounced.

The flavor is quite special, with the earthy, vanilla flavors of the bourbon marrying particularly well with the malty base beer. There's a nice hint of oak as well. Very nice and the alcohol is quite well hidden.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Very, very good.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S - Caramel, brown sugar and oak dominate a malty nose

T - Caramel, brown sugar, and dates are up front. There is a slight hop bitterness still remaining despite the beer's age. There is also some slight dark chocolate and oak spice near the end

M. - Sweet and thick beer that has some spice from the oak near the finish

O - Flossmoor makes great BA barley wines and this one continues that tradition.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Big thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours brown with a small khaki head on top, decent retention, reducing to a thin ring on top. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon mixed with vanilla, brown sugar, and a little caramel. There is plenty of rye coming through, nice and spicy. Nice combination of the bourbon/vanilla sweetness and the spice.

T: Wow, fantastic. Very similar to the aroma with lots of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, some maple syrup mixed with more rye and spice. There is a little bit of dark fruit, but it is overshadowed by the previously mentioned flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. ABV hidden very well.

O: Lived up to the hype, definitely one of my favorite BA Barleywines.

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4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich dark raisin color with a short tan head. Low retention and spotty lacing. 

Smells of big rich raisin and dark fruit. Very pleasant, but one big strong nice note. 

Great flavor with a very nice caramel covered dark fruit characteristic that is fantastic and a little different than other barleywines. 

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied but nice with medium carbonation. 

Overall this beer is just what I hoped for. Fantastic in many ways. All around good. 

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4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally cracked one of these open the other night. Bottle poured into NB globe, medium to dark brown with a tiny off white head. Smells like raisins, coconut, inviting oak, sweet unfermented malt sugar, a bready yeast, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is very good, one of the better BA barleywines I have had. Very sweet malt balanced by woody oak and some vanilla and bourbon. Finishes with some coconut and dark fruit flavors. Heavy body and a very light carbonation. A very smooth and drinkable beer, an excellent example of the style. This is one of the best beers Flossmoor has made in recent memory and even young this beer is very good. I can only imagine how much smoother this will be within a year or two.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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