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

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 310
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 648
Gots: 86 | FT: 5
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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: MasterSki on 01-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with 56% rye malt and caraway seed, aged 10 months in Woodford Reserve.
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Photo of vissai
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this side by side with Wooden Hell and Brandy Dark Lord.

Thanks Vick!

A: Dark deep chocolate brown with a tinge of red. Heavy pour yields a quarter inch of head. looks very rich and sets the stage for an overall amazing beer.

S: I don't know what bourbon barrels were used but smell is very similar to Wooden Hell. The only difference to my novice nose was the spice that followed. Like rye bread that had fallen into a glass full of caramel and bourbon. Fantastic.

T: Holy F*ck! Mind blowing, so complex, so balanced. Not to sweet, so much barrel. The caraway seeds are a welcome change from BA barleywines and bring another level of complexity and make this beer one of the best I had in 2011.

M: What Wooden Hell was probably like 2-3 years ago. Almost whipped and frothy. Definitely on the thicker side. Alcohol heat was no where to be found.

O: An amazing beer that really lives up to any hype it has. It was by consenus better than Wooden Hell was based on mouthfeel and body. Flossmoor Station definitely knows how to make some fantastic barrel aged barleywines. If you haven't had this one its is worth the hunt.

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Photo of vkv822
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of Mages64
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Omg! Poured from a chilled bomber into a snifter.

Edit: re-reviewed with about a year under it and about a year of barleywines under my belt as well.
A: dark brown with minimal carbonation but ruby sides.
S: FULL of amazing smells mostly darker candies like toffee, chocolate(sweet not bitter), and of course a really nice bourbon overtone.
T: vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, toffee, mild hops(don't know what), and hot balanced alcohol.
M: smooth as hell with just a fantastic fullbody mouthfeel! Hot on the finish but a pleasant finish.
D: it's young so I couldn't do this all night... Oh who am I kidding! This is the best barleywine I've had. I could drink this all night! (Update) It's calmed down a lot after a year making this without a doubt the best barleywine i've ever had! No i've never had M, WH etc but i've had utopias, shticky monkey, arctic devil, MoaS, and old mirror mirror and BA hi-fi beats them all out of the water. MORE PLEASE!

It's boozy of course because it's like a month old or so. (after a year it is not!) But I'm expecting this to be amazing!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. waxed bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark burnt sienna with subtle ruby red highlights. Some subtle tan froth and lace.

(S)- A really nice rich body of toasted caramel, raisin, licorice, almond, and a subtle spicy oak and vanilla. Very sexy smell.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A sexy smooth rich malt profile with raisin, and caramel. Has the subtle almond-like vanilla spice(oak). Really damn tasty.

(M)- A really smooth carbonation level and a wonderful balance of rich and sweet malts, but supplemented well with the dry spicy oak. It tastes and feels like silk its so smooth. Superb ABV integration and a superb barrel aged barleywine.

(D)- Perhaps one of the finest American style barleyines I have had to date. Extremely smooth and well-balanced while staying true to the style and with superb barrel characteristics. Right when I thought I only liked English Barleywines better, well, this one surprised and impressed me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brown in color with a light tan head on top that hung around for a good few minutes before settling down into a thin layer on top. One of the best aromas I have ever come across. Rich bourbon notes just rippling across the nose. Lots of toffee and vanilla, light touchs of oak and a piney hop presence as well. So immacualtly complex. Nothing subtle about this beast at all. Rich toffee and oak flavors are all over the place. Huge hop notes coming through with a nice alcohol hotness that is really well placed. A very tight flavor here with a long lingering vanilla flavor that lasted long after my last sip. Rich medium body with a big alcohol note that you know is there.

Overall this was about as solid as could be.

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Photo of JohnPPutz
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Medium copper brown color with a nice toffee colored head.

S-Sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and some rye. The smell is great.

T-Wow. This may be the best barleywine I have ever had.Caramel malts, rye spices, vanilla, toffee, oak and perfect bourbon integration. Very complex and it all works.

M-Not much carbonation and a pretty thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

O- awesome, I really hope they decide to brew this one again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's cold today, so it as good as time as any to finally crack this one open. Thanks so much Bobby!

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark, burnt carmel color with a slight tan head. The head has good retention and slowly fadess to the edges.

S - Lots of bourbon are noticable at first, then some sweet dark fruit, toffee, carmels, and a slight oak.

T - Wow! Carmel and toffee softness coat the mouth with an ever so slight bourbon and vanilla finish. So good.

D - Smooth and soft on the tongue, oily body, lower carbonation.

O - So amazing. I really love this. I see why everyone wants a WH. This is the best BW I have had to date.

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Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brian44556 for a reasonable trade for the Hi-Fi twins before the hype train brought this one into the stratosphere. Sir, I'm sure I owe you for this one. Certain. 22 oz. bottle poured into a pair of Darkness glasses.

Pours a dark beer color, red highlights. Smell is like bourbon, vanilla, & caramel has been spilled into your Magnum P.I. mustache. As it warms, wow, the rye spice comes out. This is what good bourbon aging smells like, girls & boys.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye is tough to separate from the hype, but damn, this is good. Massive doses of vanilla, bourbon, & caramel frolic across the tongue, leaving delicious hoofprints everyplace. Spicy rye puts down a gorgeous clay base. Whispers of molasses, nice drying oak character, toffee. I'd like to have had this bomber to myself, frankly. Sharing is so overrated.

Lives up to the hype: this is spot on fabulous & close to perfect. Just great.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Flossmoor pre-DLD event.

Pours dark cloudy light brown with a minimal off-white head that fades immediately. Some lacing, but was served in a plastic cup.

Very well integrated bourbon on the nose. Loads of toffee along with vanilla, oak and bourbon and a distinct rye spiciness.

This beer is perfectly balanced. Loads of toffee balance out the harshness of the bourbon and create a very smooth flavor. Almost tastes like a rye whiskey at times. Alcohol adds flavor, but hardly any boozy burn. Fantastically well hidden and integrated.

Does get too sweet as some barleywines do. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Outstanding beer! One of the best I had the whole weekend. A great way to start a weekend of fantastic beer and loved Flossmoor as well.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of mothman
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel age hi fi 

A: pours a small beige head. Color is a dark caramel brown. 

Aroma: wow, what a nose. A nice dose of bourbon oak and vanilla. The rye still shows with a spice to it. Some dark fruits. Raisins and toffee. 

Taste: a lot of bourbon and sweet vanilla. Oaky. Caramel. Chocolate. Rye and spice. Toffee. Plums dark fruits molasses. Awesome

Mf: smooth creamy and warming. Mf bodied. Lm c. Ends a little dry.

Overall: this was an amazing b wine. So complex and so much flavor. Great nose great flavors. This beer rocks. 

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.
2012 Vintage.

Pours a very tick and murky caramel color. There are some nice murky amber hints and slight orange notes in there as well. The liquid itself actually feels like caramel. One of the thickets beers I've ever seen. There is a slight light tan head that forms and recedes to a nice thin film.

Wow. Intense aroma. Very spicy rye notes for sure after thr rye spice notes there is a nice delicious caramel hints. There is also some nice citrusy notes from the hops with some nice grassy herbal notes as well. The citrus notes include some nice strong grapefruit and orange. There is some nice slight woody aroma and also nice Bourbon notes on the back end as well as mixed in with the caramel sweetness.

Awesome taste. Delicious spice with nice caramel and sweet malt notes that get balanced out by the rye. There is a nice hoppy middle to the brew as well. There is some nice toffee and slight Rye Bourbon note that is really subdued and easy to handle. Quite dangerous with the almost unnoticeable ABV. The hop notes are very well balanced with the malt. Intense flavors on both profiles but well balanced between both of them. Very nice. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Very oily and slick.

Great brew. One of the best Barleywine's out there. Might be my second favorite after FFF Behemoth.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle sharred with Sournotes and Mothman.

A- Pours an attractive dark reddish brown mahogany color, ½ finger off white head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass, fairly opaque, orange hues come off the bottom.
S- Wow phenomenal aroma, delicious bourbon upfront, huge vanilla and caramel, toffee, booze is present but balanced, such a rich smell, I cannot wait to try this.
T- This beer is amazing so smooth, love the bourbon and vanilla that come out, caramel and toffee, spice is present from the caraway seeds, nice sweetness, slight dark fruits, amazing complex beer.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, so smooth silky smooth so balanced well carbonated.
O- This beer is mind blowing, so complex and balanced, extremely easy drinkability for it being 11% abv, I could not ask for a more satisfying BA Barleywine, it’s going to be hard to find a BA Barleywine that would top this baby.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First bottling, 2010 vintage; bottle poured into a Fantome tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany color that is mostly hazy. About 1/2" of offwhite head forms, which doesn't last too long but forms a nice ring around the edges of the glass. A bit of lacing sticks around as well.

Smell: Smells of rich toffee, caramel, and strongly of oak and vanilla. Very light bourbon notes present at this point, but still present. I only get a hint of rye character, but it does add a bit of breadiness and light spiciness.

Taste: Rich toffee, big oak and vanilla presence. The bourbon presence is light but still present, as is the rye. Good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy in body, with moderate, fine carbonation that is perfect. Luscious, full and smooth. Overall, a great BA barleywine. Rich and pretty unique. The rye gives it an extra level of complexity.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to Masterski for sending this one in a recent trade. Greatly appreciated. This is the beer I’ve chosen to pop as celebration for 3 years on BA as well as for the opening drop of the puck for the Bruins playoff game. What a great beer.

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewing Tulip glass and didn’t really get a head to form. Even with a little coaxing. The beer is a very dark burgundy color or perhaps best described as brown with burgundy highlights.

The aroma is intoxicating. Thick with bourbon, maple and vanilla scents. A moment of brown sugar, but really more maple like.

Much like the standard version, I basically have to admit that I would not have sensed or mentioned Rye had it not been so prominently mentioned in the name. Not a negative comment, just reality. This is a very nice beer. The malt flavors here are just fantastic. There is almost a malted milk flavor here. The maple and vanilla flavors are fantastic. Like the aroma there is some brown sugar as well. Got some prune & fig jam as well. There were moments where I was getting a dark chocolate flavor. The bourbon flavors are smooth and luxurious. You can definitely sense a higher ABV, but it’s not hot in any fashion. Lots going on here and it all melds so well.

Body is super thick and rich. There is just a pin prick of carbonation that keeps if from being syrup like. But no doubt about it, this is one big beer.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this as part of a barleywine tasting along some others. One of the better of the bunch. It poured a dark amber color with an offwhite had that left some lacing. Rye is there as well as bourbon that is somewhat mellow. Tastes very good with bourbon and some spice from rye. Sets it apart a bit and breaks up the normal barleywine sweetness that can be to much. The body is medium and finishes in a dry way that is good. Sure it will get better with age, this is a good beer.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silver Wax, bought at brewery during Rls Day February 2010.

A: Clear, dark brown. Small off-white foam is gone quickly .

S: Caramely, sweet bourbon. Then some spiciness from rye or it seem more like hops with faint citrus scents. Definately inviting and many layers to peel back.

T: First there is a semi-sweetness, seemingly fruit as much as malt. Then the bourbon flavors of vanilla, dark cherry, whatever else came out of the barrel. A full mouth feel that seem totally approriate. Alcohol add's an element to the experience of this brew, it doesn't overhelm.

D: Complex and extremely well balanced. It's a very rich mix of the kind of flavors you expect in a bourbon barrel aged brew. I am huge fan of brewer(Brian S.) and this is probably my fav of his brews...so far. If I remember correctly it did win a silver medal at FoBAB. This brew is just another proof point that midwest brewers rule bb aged beers.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellowed brown. Some light tan head a very nice pours. Smells oaky and rye heavy. The beer drinks very nicely. Lots of vanilla and oak. Rye on the tongue. Smooth on the tongue but a bit thin. Pretty darn enjoyable. I definitely enjoy the rye character in this beer

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: The beer is a hazy, medium-dark brown color with an amber tint. Upon pouring, there was a one finger foamy light tan head that quickly faded to a ring of foam. Minimal spotty lacing.

S: Very sweet, boozy and fruity in the best possible ways. Very malty with warm caramel, vanilla and molasses. There is a good measure of bourbon to the aroma which is remarkable when the beer is cold because there is next to no heat from the alcohol. As the beer warms the alcohol does become noticeable. It is also fruity with some fig and raisin.

T: A wonderful medley of flavors. Molasses and vanilla are prominent and start the sip with a round sweetness. Out of this sweet flavor some fruit notes develop. Raisin, fig and even faint notes of cherry meld seamlessly with the malts. There is some good rye flavor which provides a pleasant spice. The bourbon flavor is both clear and subdued, providing a little contrast for all the other sweet flavors. In the background, growing steadily until the finish is some alcohol heat and mild pine flavor.

M: Medium bodied for such a large beer. Only once the beer is fairly warm does the alcohol become apparent. The carbonation is minimal but foamy and fits the beer well. The beer feels slick as I swish it and leaves my mouth just a little bit sticky.

O: A fantastic beer. I think this honestly deserves its rating as best American Barleywine here on BA. Everything just comes together perfectly. It is a very sweet beer through and through with a ton of different malt and fruit flavors. There is some hops but they are mild. The rye also does contribute a slight spiciness which perfectly complements the sweet flavors. All in all, one of the best beers I have ever had. It's a shame they won't be making this beer again.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was going to open this on my 25th birthday, but got distracted with Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek on tap and "special time" with my wife, neither of which i regret, i had a great birthday, and still had this bottle for the post-birthday night...right now. Sweet deal. I feel bad for drinking a bomber of this alone, but it was my B-Day present to myself.
Looks are a mahogony cherry color, deep with a thin collar. This one was still when cold but once warming to room temp gave off a bit of a ring.
The aroma is composed, i say that because it isn't outspoken in the alcohol department, and keeps that heat in check with the other componants. Oak is notable along with a dry caramel and toffee.
This one is so smooth and integrated in it's flavors, i really didn't expect this one to be so rounded. Caramel and toffee are the sinews that hold this one together, with the bourbon providing the lubrication. More Oak and Vanilla Syrups, brown sugars a bit on the finish making you smack your lips, which really could be the rye actually now that i think of it, and pancakes covered in maple syrup.
Mouthfeel is syrupy and low carb all around.

This one is pretty outstanding,and i know i am the exception to the rule, but my personal caveat would be less bourbon integration. This one really is about as close to perfect as you can get though, i just like a good strong heat. What an exceptional and complex brew this one is. I have to put this one in my top 3 BWs.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown with a tad bit of reddish tone with half a finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Amazing. Bourbon up front, caramel, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, sweetness from malt. Very complex.

T: Follows the nose pretty much, but there is some spice note towards the middle/end. I love that this beer is not overly sweet, but probably due to this reason, booziness comes through stronger (which I do not mind as mind). I love how the bourbon works in this beer. Top notch. I read people say that batch 2 is not nearly as good as batch 1 - but batch 2 is amazing in my books (and I am in search of batch 1 now).

M: Chewy, thick, sticky, nice. good amount of alcohol burn.

O: World-class barleywine. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nhindian
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of mikeyv35
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 05/07/2011
Vintage: 2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glass: DFH Chalice

Thanks to Masterski for the opportunity to sample this brew!

Pours a dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a 1/3 finger bubbly tan head that produces light sticky lacing. Aromas of dark fruits(prune, plum, and raisin), brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and light whiskey booze. The taste was amazingly complex! Sweet dark fruits up front, followed by caramel/toffee/brown sugar, and finishing w/ vanilla, oak, mild bourbon, and a touch of hop bite and rye spice. Mouthfeel was oily and medium bodied w/ low carbonation. With the well hidden ABV and rich complex flavors, this brew is dangerously drinkable. My only knock on this brew is the carbonation is a little too high for my liking, but to us English Barleywine lovers, this is a common flaw that a little age seems to cure.

Overall, this brew is tremendous fresh! I polished off the bomber myself and was feeling no pain. This will only get better w/ age as I suspect the flavors will meld together better and the carbonation will die down a bit.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz silver-waxed bottle into an unmarked snifter. Thanks azaaron for the trade!

Pours with a rich, toffee-amber hue beneath a thin wisp of newspaper-colored foam that, despite its lack in size, still leaves some nice webs of lacing. Enormous bourbon barrel aromas lash at the nose with an off-setting sweetness from caramel malt, spicy rye, and an earthy chocolate note. Incredible fragrance, very complex and inviting.

The flavor packs toffee and roasted chocolate malts into each sip, with the booze coming off as hot on the top of the palate, but the alcohol is so well integrated into this beer that it doesn't seem in the least bit harsh or boozy. The rye finish is tangy with a spice kick...AMAZING. Body is full, creamy in its consistency and flush with carbonation. All in all, an amazing beer that definitely raised some eyebrows. The comparisons with Wooden Hell are legit.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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