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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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Photo of jmarsh123


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
Photo of birchstick


3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel brown / rustic red color without much of a head. Nose is a lot OS bitter hops, some caramel malt, and bourbon notes. Starts off with citrus hops that quickly move to some caramel malts and some molasses. Next up is an explosion of vanilla with some spiciness. The hops are overwhelmed by the vanilla Good mouthfeel with a full body and decent carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty solid barrel aged barley wine. The barrel characteristics dominate everything else on the tongue, which make this a little one-dimensional. Pretty solid, but I don't think it's worth the trouble trading for.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 23:21:47 | More by birchstick
Photo of SpdKilz


4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the second BA Hi-Fi release this past Saturday.

Appearance – Given to me in a 12oz plastic cup…yippie. A murky mahogany color with half a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Heavy bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee, and oak.

Taste – Exactly like the aroma. Spicy bourbon up front, a nice oak woodiness mixed with the vanilla. Then a definite sweetness comes through via dark fruits, toffee, and caramel. Ends with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Nice and creamy, medium bodied, perfect carbonation.

Overall – A very solid BA Barleywine. A bit hot fresh, but very curious to see how this tastes in a year.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 00:20:21 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of kif


4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the bottle release today. Ended up just missing out on the bottles, and some really nice guy in the parking lot sold me one of his. So I will be able to try it again! Thanks to that guy for hooking me up!

A: Chocolately dark brown pour with a small tan head that dissipates quickly to just some small bubbles.

S: Strong bourbon smell. Almost to the point of overwhelming the other scents. You do get some vanilla and spice smells as well.

T: Just like the smell, there is a lot of bourbon in the taste. This is followed by some oak from the barrel along with vanilla. Towards the end, the rye makes an appearance with some spiciness. Pretty complex.

M: Perfectly carbonated for the style. The body is medium to full. Pretty smooth.

O: A complex beer that shines as an example of barrel aging. The barrel flavors are clearly present but do not overwhelm the rest of the flavors. Definitely the best Rye wine I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 01:11:12 | More by kif
Photo of Treebs


4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the bottle release. Got skunked on bottles, but had a few of these and it made up for it.

A: Pours a murky dark brown with hues of mahogany around the edges. A bubbly light tan head forms on the pour recedes to a thick collar that leaves some splotchy stick behind.

S: Sweet bourbon, vanilla and toffee fill the nose right away and it gives way to a mild oak, brown sugar, burnt bitter sugar and some alcohol soaked dark fruits.

T: The taste follows the nose, but is much more complex and balanced. The barrel shines through a lot more with a smooth bourbon, light oak, sweet vanilla and caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Dark fruity notes show themselves here and there as well. There is a mild cocoa towards the backend and a minimal rye spice on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden and there is just a mild warming towards the finish.

M: Creamy and smooth with a heavily flavored body and a medium to low carbonation. The finish is a smooth and sweet bourbon barrel with a touch of rye.

O: A delicious beer and very well balanced. I was expecting more rye spice to come out, but I actually didn't miss it too much when all was said and done. The alcohol is very well hidden and this is a must try beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:46:34 | More by Treebs
Photo of Agold


4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the release this morning at the bottle release. This is a very cloudy brown beer with just about no head and absolutely no lacing. Not very attractive. A nice vanilla, woody aroma with a bit of caramel. Flavor is big toffee, caramel, oak, not quite so much vanilla, some nice spicyness with some nice warmth. Mouthfeel is medium heavy low carb, could use a bit more carb, but nice anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 19:30:34 | More by Agold
Photo of WillCarrera


4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewery

A- pours a murky toffee brown, little head.

S- strong bourbon aroma, some caramel sweetness

T- more big bourbon flavors, caramel, molasses and toffee sweetness, some spice in the finish.

M- medium to full bodied, slick feel, some whiskey burn on the end.

O- a pretty good bourbon beer, the spiciness gives it some nice kick

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 19:04:26 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of Khazadum


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

Good retention, collar, long lasting carbonation. Small pond scum skim.

Smells like cheap bourbon, a bit of strong oxidized hops. Caramel, maple syrup, molasses. Light rye spice. Definite malt grain background.

Tastes.... Big bourbon sweetness, alcoholic burn, lingering rye and oxidized hops. It's mellowed completely. The body is earthen, vegetal. Very smooth flavors. Letting it sit is a burning nose nature but nowhere else. Perfect carbed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 16:43:20 | More by Khazadum
Photo of AgentZero


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
Photo of jrallen34


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

On tap at FoBAB. Been waiting for Alex to add this as I knew he would have all the details. Let the hype train begin...The body on this is a murky brown with dark shades of orange. Not clear, ugly overall. A light tan head with better retention and lacing...This is sweet is well but more balanced by oak and chocolate notes, still lots of caramel and rye. Pungent yet smooth, not a ton of bourbon, barrel is more of an accent...The taste on this is great, a really smooth easy to drink barleywine, toffee and dark fruits with bourbon, and rye.

I need to have this again as my fobab pour doesn't do this justice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 16:35:43 | More by jrallen34
Photo of MasterSki


4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at FoBAB 2009.

A - Pours with a dime of tan foam that settles to a thick ring. The body is a hazed medium orange-brown color. Not as attractive as the regular version.

S - Chocolate, butterscotch, burnt sugars, chocolate, light oak, and perhaps a kiss of faded citrus hop character. This is definitely barrel heavy, as the rye and caraway is pushed to the periphery compared to the base beer.

T - Flavor is more into barleywine territory, with lots of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Barrel flavors move into the background and provide a rich earthy undertone. Quite mellow and highly enjoyable.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body, with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

D - Brian's best beer at Flossmoor Station, and a significant improvement on an already solid base beer. Looking forward to the upcoming bottle release!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 18:59:23 | More by MasterSki
Photo of jeonseh


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
Photo of Jeffo


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
Photo of ThePorterSorter


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
Photo of 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
Photo of standardcherry


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
Photo of tectactoe


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
Photo of jegross2


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.

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
Photo of Kegatron


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
Photo of scottfrie


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