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

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi RyeBourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%


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 56% rye malt and caraway seed, aged 10 months in Woodford Reserve.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-11-2011)
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vissai

California

4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 18:21:35 | More by vissai
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vkv822

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:29:30 | More by vkv822
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Mages64

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:53:59 | More by Mages64
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 15:18:21 | More by sweemzander
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 21:24:29 | More by mikesgroove
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JohnPPutz

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 19:11:35 | More by JohnPPutz
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:28:30 | More by maximum12
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:47:59 | More by HuskyinPDX
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 23:31:37 | More by jmarsh123
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2BDChicago

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:10:25 | More by 2BDChicago
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 00:41:36 | More by Reagan1984
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RodneyX

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 18:29:52 | More by RodneyX
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 08:30:47 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 18:43:41 | More by kingcrowing
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:26:36 | More by mothman
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:19:33 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:50:25 | More by Urbancaver
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mikeyv35

New York

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 03:29:27 | More by mikeyv35
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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 ;)

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 22:15:29 | More by nhindian
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zhanson88

California

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:15:10 | More by zhanson88
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at FoBAB, review from notes.

A - The beer is not particularly impressive looking. It's a bit dark, kind of a rusty reddish-brown, with a small off-white head and some spots left on the sides.

S - Right off the bat this smells like a surprising winner. Bourbon and great vanilla and oak notes. There is some burnt caramel and brown sugar with a little bit of the base rye in the background.

T - Wow, this is the real deal. Burnt caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, rye and caraway are all noticable with some oak and earth qualities to it. It is a really wonderful blend that I can't say enough about. Hard to believe it is this smooth at such a young age. Went back for this one a few times at FoBAB.

M - Little bit sticky, heavier side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Hate to be a homer (well, given what I do to HA and FS in reviews on a semi-regular basis I'm not sure how I could be), but this is one damn awesome beer and one of the best I've had in a while. Easy to drink and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 20:48:08 | More by AgentZero
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 04:53:47 | More by ChadQuest
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:43:55 | More by WankelEngine
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KevSal

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dug around the cellar looking for ba barleywines for a blind tasting and found this gem sent over by t0rin0 about a year ago, thank you bobby.
lady was bummed she missed out on the blind tasting yesterday, with leschkies high recommendation i decided to pop this guy open, especially with the tasting still fresh in my mind.

2011 22oz poured into 2 wine glasses

a- looks fantastic! i love super dark ba barleywines. this one is really dark foggy red. can not see through this one. slight tan colored head that disappears quickly

s- great fruit notes. lots of young fruit, pear and grean apple, as well a good amount of dark fruit like raisin, neother over powering. vanilla and barrel in the background.

t- wow this guy is freaking tasty! everything in the nose is blending very well in the taste. lots of great fruitiness upfront as well as vanilla and barrel with a bit of cherry in the finish. fruit is intergrated very well in the profile (unlike genesis 15:15) zero alcohol burn. pretty amazing. with a year already on it its obvious this guy ages like a champ.

m- i dont know if its the large amount of rye but this guys mouthfeel is awesome. it is thick bodied and creamy. the drinkability is high on this one.

o-this beer is for me. with the ba barleywines fresh in my mind yesterday this guy really stands up to them ( and we had stuff like alpine great!) i enjoy this guy a slight bit more. huge thanks to lurching beast for hooking me up with a fresh bottle! will open him soon to try it fresh (which might be difficult considering how tasty this beer is with age)

we had no problem finishing the bomber between the two of us.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 04:20:30 | More by KevSal
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sukwonee

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 05:18:55 | More by sukwonee
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