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

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BA SCORE
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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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jeonseh

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 04:05:29 | More by jeonseh
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of this one from claaark13. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Batch 1
Drunk right after the base beer

APPEARANCE: Pours out viscous and yields a one finger, medium-thicker looking, fluffy, off-white head with only decent retention. Not quite as much staying power as the base. Darker color on this one, sitting a hazy, ruby red color in the glass with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Nice looking, but not as impressive as the base beer.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, vanilla with toffee and caramel on the nose. Coconut for sure with lots of woody vanilla notes. Nice barrel for sure and a touch of sweet base beer is still there.

TASTE: Really nice. Bourbon barrel with oak, coconut and vanilla from the wood. Bold and persistent finish with lots of bourbon, oak, coconut, as well as some toffee and butterscotch from the base beer. A well-measured touch of booze as well. Very well balanced and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, velvety like the base beer, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Same as the base beer but a touch lighter. Very velvety and creamy. Nice stuff.

OVERALL: Really, really nice, though I do think the base beer was a more impressive base than this is a bourbon barrel b-wine. Then again, they're both excellent. This one is very well balanced and complex showing a good mix of base barleywine and bourbon barrel aging, making it a drink worth pondering. I've heard stories that the second batch isn't quite up to par, but this first batch is a gem. Thanks again for the set claaark13. This was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 12:33:46 | More by Jeffo
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks Brandon

the beer pours a dark brown, clear with a very thin head. the nose is chocolatey, 3 musketeers bar sweetness. the taste is definitely sweet upfront, brownie batter, 3 musketeers, vanilla, and almost no bitterness. the mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkable, sweet, slightly metallic, and tobacco-y bitter. this beer is damn delicious and doesn't seem to have fallen off (although this is my first time having it).

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:01:30 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Ahappyhiker2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Finally getting to this bottle after having it in my cellar for about a year. I've heard a lot of comparisons to King Henry (like most barrel-aged barleywines these days) so I was anxious to see which I preferred.

A- Dark brown, almost stout-like in color but not quite as dark. Has a nice head on it, very light in color.

S- Aroma is mainly bourbon and barrel characteristics. Lots of vanilla coming from that as well, it's sweet like I'd expect in a barleywine. Has some heat on the nose as well.

T- Barrel character really comes through well in the initial sip, it is a bit boozy but it's 11% ABV so I was somewhat expecting it. It definitely gets smoother as it warms up, though. It has a strong vanilla presence in the taste, as well as dark fruits. It's sweet but not too sweet. One of the aspects of this beer that I liked the most was the aftertaste. All of the flavors become very rich and linger for a while.

M- More carbonation than I was expecting, didn't hurt the beer though.

O- This is a great example of a unique barrel-aged barleywine. Unfortunately it's retired, but if you can get your hands on a bottle I'd highly recommend it. I do however much prefer King Henry in comparison, but they're so different from each other.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 13:42:59 | More by Ahappyhiker2
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:28:43 | More by standardcherry
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 21:54:43 | More by tectactoe
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jegross2

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 1) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois.

Score: 96

Batch 1 bottle served in a plastic taster glass and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours a murky, fudge color with ruby highlights. Poor lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Bourbon, caramel and brown sugar. Hint of cherry. Faint fudge. Oak and a hint of “rye bread.” Dates too. 4.75/5

Taste: Smooth bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Bready malt and brown sugar towards the back half. Hint of dark fruit. More fudge and cherry on the palate than in the nose, but both are still complexities rather than prominent elements. Very smooth and easy drinking, with well-integrated flavors. Lightly sweet. The hops have totally faded, but there is still a faint rye flavor and prickle on the tongue. Boozy flavors without much “booziness.” 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy, modestly malty mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: It is a shame this one is being retired; the original vintage is one of the best barleywines out there. Seek a bottle out if you can; it very much lived up to its hype.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.
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Reviewing the Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 2) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois.

Score: 93

Batch 2 bottle served in a plastic taster glass and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Both Batch 1 and Batch 2 have a near identical appearance. Murky fudge color. Poor lacing/retention. 4/5

Smell: Batch 2 is somewhat of a different beast than Batch 1. Hops, caramel, barley malt, and brown sugar are the dominating elements of the aroma. The bourbon qualities are less defining than they were in Batch 1. There is also more alcohol heat in the nose than Batch 1. Still, quite inviting. 4.5/5

Taste: Much hoppier and “fruity caramel” forward. Some bitterness that was not in Batch 1. Almost exactly reminds me of the 2012 release of Three Floyds’ Barrel Aged Behemoth. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Similar mouthfeel to Batch 1. Syrupy, medium-plus bodied. The viscosity was slightly thinner than Batch 1. Not a lot of carbonation. 4/5

Overall: An excellent beer, but different in both flavor and quality than Batch 1. Both vintages look identical (same label, same wax) save for a slight difference in the appearance of the bottles that is only apparent when you put them next to each other. Both releases are worth seeking out, but the first batch is much better. Fans of Barrel Aged Behemoth will likely enjoy this beer.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 04:35:38 | More by jegross2
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz wax topped bombers into a few glasses. Big thanks to Stakem for sharing. Deep ruby with fizzy light mocha head. Peters out quickly. Wow, aroma of molasses, brown sugar, green oak, vanilla and spicy smelling alcohol. Taste is lots of burnt sugar flavors, toffee, cocoa and vanilla. Oaky edges. Deep charred barrel in finish. Full bodied with a firm chewy feel. Overall pretty intense from bourbon and ABV but richness of flavors makes it worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 20:27:14 | More by Kegatron
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scottfrie

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton for sharing, Nick.

Pours a cloudy raisin color with a short lived bubbly white head. I’m getting tons of vanilla on the nose followed by leather and chocolate. Smells amazing. The taste follows suit with a great deal of leather and mellow barrel notes. I also get cocoa, vanilla, toffee, caramel and spice. Very rich and delicious. Super smooth mouthfeel, thick body, with a hint of warming booze. The carbonation is frothy and bubbly but smooth and easy to drink. What a great sipper. Thanks again for sharing this one, Nick.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:11:38 | More by scottfrie
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Thanks to Evan for this one. Shared at a tasting 12/8. From notes. 4oz Into a snifter.

Light cream colored head with no retention. Spotty lace with little stick. Beer is cloudy dark brown. Average given the style.

Caramel, brown sugar, molasses and some slightly boozy undertones. Mellow but very appetizing and robust at the same time.

Brown sugar, caramel, molasses. A light nuttiness in the middle with notes of sweet bourbon fading in and out. Mellow sweet, syrupy finish with maple syrup and brown sugar in the aftertaste. Great balance.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and warm going down. Mellow finish with a slightly sticky, lingering aftertaste. Hides the ABV incredibly well. Can't believe this one's 11%.

I'm a big fan of the base beer here and this is just as good if not better. So smooth in the mouth with an incredibly balanced flavor profile. Just super solid the whole way around.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 16:58:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 11,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
I am not sure which vintage this bottle was, I will add it as soon as I find out.

Thanks to Lurchingbeast for this long time want!

Appearance: Bourbon Barrel Hi-Fi Rye appears a medium brown in the glass and is surprisingly hazy given how long it stood in my fridge. A back light shows the body to be moderately opaque, with beautiful golden amber edges. A rough pour yields a small tan coloured head that lasts acceptable for the style and a swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmm this smells delicious. Sweet bourbon, caramel and vanilla (the vanilla character was a little more perfumey than in most bourbon barrel aged beers). A little contemplation and some warming yields: Brown sugar, more sweet caramel, a little oak, some spiciness (the rye?), raisins, dates, a hint of plum, toasted grains, a nutty note and a surprising citric hop note.

Taste: Sadly, the flavour (while still pretty good) doesn't seem as full or as complex as the nose. Notes include: Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, a touch of oak, some toasted notes, raisins, dates, an earthy character and again a touch of hop flavour. The finish is surprisingly bitter and gently warming.

Mouthfeel: I was close to awarding a 5 in this department, but sadly as with most beers this is just a tad over carbonated for my tastes. The body is just shy of full and fairly oily and the carbonation is of a medium level and phenomenally smooth.

Overall: This is a great BA barley wine, though I am not sure it quite lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 19:13:56 | More by Thehuntmaster
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish bubbly tan head that quickly dissipates. Sweet bourbon and oak aromas fill the air the second I wrangle the cap off the bottle. Sweet brown sugar, caramel, and a light smattering of dark fruit and spice round out the nose. The flavor is quite sweet with sugar, toffee, and caramel like the aroma suggested. Spice plays nicely off the dark fruits and the vanilla and oak tie everything together quite nicely. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation, and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Wow that is a nice barleywine. The rye is there but it's not overpowering and adds a layer of complexity to a really well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 23:19:25 | More by johnnnniee
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tarheels86

California

3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL silver wax thanks to ygtbsm94. Tawny, clear, amber pour with lower carbonation. Sweeter maple nose with richer, buttery bourbon. Taste is tangy, maple, pretty light feeling, with thicker ganache. Richer palate. Not too sticky sweet. Muted fruitiness. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 17:54:27 | More by tarheels86
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spicelab

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MrKennedy. 2010 and 2011 vintages back-to-back. Review is for the 2010, which was marginally superior.

Muddy, turbid mahogany with a minimal saffron head that abates summarily to a collar.

Upfront pungent savoury malt character, with strong notes of brandied caramel and liquorice. Behind is mild spicy rye, some dry woodiness and a nice sharpness from the caraway seed. I was sceptical about this latter addition but it works well.

Stats out with even more rich malt character. Brandy snap, coconut, golden syrup puddings, treacle, molasses and evident booze. Verges on cloyingly sweet initially, until the previously MIA rye and caraway gradually weaves its way in.

Syrupy and rich with mild booze warmth. Even and satisfying.

Initially nonplussed, but this grew and grew on me over the course. Would probably be a pretty ordinary Barleywine without the rye, caraway and barrel treatment, but the subtlety in which those elements are applied makes for quite a classy brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 10:29:59 | More by spicelab
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oline73

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the blinded bomber into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a half finger of thick off white head. The head sticks around quite nicely. 4.5

Smell: Lots of brown sugar and dark fruit. I'm thinking this is bourbon aged again. Dark fruit with lots of warm alcohol. 4

Taste: I think this is also a BA barleywine. Lots of sweet flavors. Brown sugar, dark fruit, and warm alcohol. I'm getting more heat in the finish of this one. Bourbon seems to be there as well. A bit hot in the finish. 4

Mouthfeel: The body is on the syrupy side of medium with full, smooth carbonation and a dry finish 4.5

Overall: I liked this one slightly less than bottle #11. Overall, they were very similar. Just a bit smoother and better balanced. Still a very good beer. I'd have more. 4

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:25:00 | More by oline73
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1 consumed along side the non-barrel aged version. The brew appears a dark amber mahogany color with orange clarity seen around the edges. Poor head retention fades leaving spotty lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revived a yellowish tan film back across the top.

The smell is sweet with caramel, oak, toffee and whiskey reinforced booze. Vanilla emerges and becomes increasingly noticeable along with a fruity inclusion of rye. More smells reveal a bit of toasty grain aspect that blends nicely onto the barrel presence.

The taste includes mild fruity rye flavors with a spicy aspect of the caraway. Some herbal hops are noticed mid-palate before the onset if the smooth rounded flavors of the barrel aging. Vanilla, caramel, toffee and booze are all present. The alcohol is a bit spicy as well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth yet boozy and complex. It is an interesting and enjoyable offering but I cant say that it really lived up to the hype and expectations that I formed from everyone telling me how amazing it iwas. Good yes, worth giving up an arm and a leg? No.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 19:17:37 | More by stakem
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Duff27

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely thin off white head on a murky brown beer. Wonderful alcohol legs. Thin collar and a nice cap.

Sweet boozy goodness. Major barrel notes.

Loving the rye spice bite, well integrated with the bourbon barrel notes. Sweet caramel! Omnom. Would guess at 12%abv

Thicker mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Lower end of carbonation.

A good one for a beer drinker with a sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:12:45 | More by Duff27
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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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nrbw23

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark golden amber color with a very nice haze to it. Fairly thin tan head comes and goes pretty quickly. Head leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is really great. Tropical fruits, darker fruits, vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon.

T- Follows the nose really well and so good. A nice little burn from the alcohol. The barrel on this one is awesome.

M- Thick and creamy. Heavier side of medium and light carbonation.

O- Very awesome brew for sure. Easy to drink and probably a bit under the radar.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 21:38:27 | More by nrbw23
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with copper edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Huge barrel character in the nose with spicy, silky bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla and coconut.  The strong bourbon character compliments the spicy rye and leathery malts.  Slightly boozy but more bourbon than alcohol sweetness.  Underneath the bourbon and rye there is some malt sweetness with hints of  chocolate, caramel,  toffee and hazelnut. Really nice.

Medium bodied with a really nice barrel character that overpowers the base beer without being hot or overly boozy.  Could be better integrated but still tastes great.  Some dry, toasted oak and vanilla as well as a very prominent, delicious bourbon presence.  Spicy bourbon compliments the spicy rye lingering into a dry finish.  Unfortunately, most of the base beer is overwhelmed with only spicy rye and subtle leathery malt notes.  Slightly boozy but again hardly any heat.  Hard to believe its 11%.  As it warms, some malt and vinous fruit comes out with hints of caramel, toffee and dark fruits but they're still overpowered by all of the bourbon flavor.  Really good but lacking the complexity I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 01:31:57 | More by corby112
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 04:12:30 | More by 1Adam12
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Batch 1, which is 2010 I think. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.0 A: Pours a syrupy, lightly hazed, deep amber color. Couldn't muster much of a head, but there is a bit of lacing left.

4.0 S: Wow this is rye-ey. Total rye bomb. Never smelled a beer anything like this. Huge spicy earthiness. The barrel treatment pales in comparison to what the rye offers, but is a pleasant welcomed addition nonetheless. Leathery, with melon and hints of vanilla and oak. The caraway seeds are also quite powerful and offer a bold aroma that adds another unique layer. Plum and fig fruitiness, though in all honesty, is held underneath by the more aggressive rye and caraway aromas.

4.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is also outspoken by rye and caraway. Unbelievable amounts of spicy earthiness. Bourbon seems like an afterthought again, offering leather, melon, and vanilla. Plum, fig, and date fruitiness. Booze is very well hidden. Maple syrup-esque sweetness.

3.5 M: Heavier body. Moderately undercarbonated. Super syruppy, which might have been cut some if there was enough carbonation. Still, not bad.

4.0 D: Tasty, unique beer. I thought I would like this more since I love rye beers, but I've found that rye might make a better side kick than main attraction. Still, more than happy to give this a go and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 03:28:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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rtaps

California

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a light khaki head. Spotty lacing.

Bready, little bourbon, caramel toffee

Little Bready some bourbon barrel caramel, finishes sweet

Mouth med-high carb medium bodied and smooth

 Overall: this was a fantastic beer glad I got my hands on it would love another one

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 20:29:58 | More by rtaps
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle supplied by Cbanker23 at a blind barlewine tasting

Look: Pours a murky dark brown that looks like muddy water. maybe a 1/8 inch head and no retention and leaves behind a slight film on the glass

Smell: Caramel and toffee join together with a vanilla sweetness and a bourbon backbone

Taste: Upfront is the bourbon note and its perfectly integrated and balances well with the chewy malt. Mid palate is where all the toffee and caramel are and it finishes with a nice vanilla sweetness and oaky character

Mouthfeel: Full body low carbonation sticky and chewy

Overall: This beer is exceptional. During the blind taste taste I had this one side by side with King Henry and actually gave them the same overall score

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:54:09 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Auracom

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 2. Thanks to Mark for this one. 5-6 oz. poured into a CBS snifter on May 18th, 2012.

A - Standard affair here. Murky, dark brown coloring with a one-finger head. Similar to Abacus but a bit darker with more overall heft/weight. Moderate alcohol legs. Average retention and lacing.

S - Really wonderful rye whiskey on the front with a great caramel counterpart note. Plentiful oak, light winter fruit. Noticeable lack of alcohol solvency beyond a touch of backend heat.

T - Raisins, dates, and similar fruit melded with more rye grains, bourbon whiskey. Stronger vanilla than I anticipated for a barleywine, even one that has seen a barrel. Spices. Ripened plums. Better-than-average balance across the entire drink. Lingering tannins, oak, and caramel aftertaste.

M - Quite smooth, medium body, perfect carbonation. We're good here.

D - This is among the best for interplay of sweet notes (caramel and toffee malts) and a well-done barrel integration. The two highlight each other as ideally as one could hope. I really wish I had another bottle of this. Also - for the hate on batch 2 - this is drinking just fine right now.

Edit - Revisited Batch 2 and, for the first time, tried Batch 1 alongside it on 1/20/2013. Batch 1 has really mellowed out. Initially, its aroma is harsh and unbalanced. The malt backing is disintegrating now and this tough whiskey solvency is too prevalent. It lessens slightly at room temp but has lost the magic. Taste is generally sweet, with smooth caramel throughout. Batch 2 is superior, no doubt, and has retained much of what I recall from the numerous other bottles I've been lucky enough to try.

Serving type: bottle

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