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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: 667
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 vkv822:
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4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown when held to the light with a half-inch toffee colored head.

Big bourbon nose, vanilla, caramel, oak. Even some dark fruit notes, perhaps I'm mistaking the rye?

The taste is again of caramel and toffee, with bourbon and the rye spice does come through in the finish more than it does in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy and just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from becoming overly viscous.

Wow. Definitely one of my favorite barelywine's I have had, if not my favorite.

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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%

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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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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%

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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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