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

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 309
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 5.06%
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Gots: 87 | FT: 4
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour provided by cbanker at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.

Pours a slightly murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is very much the same as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but not as good as I was hoping it would be. (501 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both Mages64 and AleWatcher for getting me bottles of this in separate BIFs. Bottle shared last night at the barrel-aged barleywine tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Poured a moderate copper-brown color with a small off-white dome that diminished quickly, leaving behind some sparse spotty lacing.

The nose came forward fairly strong with the caraway seeds and rye. Mild undertones of bourbon along with light caramel. Toffee there as well. Not too complex, but nice. The flavor was a bit better with the bourbon coming out more and the caraway and rye falling into a smaller percentage of the perceivable characteristics. Mildly sweet.

Medium body with light carbonation, still appropriate for the style. Light booze and a bit of caraway and rye spice. Pretty good, but not my favorite of the night. (816 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks!

Muddy, murky brown. Low carbonation and little head. Not the best looking beer, but I'll be forgiving.

The nose, on the other hand, is great. Tons of earthy rye balance by sweet barrel notes: vanilla, toffee, a little integrated booze and caraway spiciness. Really nice.

Spicy and earthy rye meets vanilla and toffee from the -bals, creating a delicious and balanced flavor. Caraway appears mid-palate, which leads into a dry earthy rye bread finish. Full bodied, pretty damn sippable and easy to drink. Best Flossmoor beer I've had behind Wooden Hell. (590 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark reddish copper, offwhite khaki foam that dissipates into a wispy skim. Flecks of lacing all around the rim of the glass.

Soft bourbon nose, mellow and rich. Vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, fried plantains. Low level spiciness/heat reminds me a little of Templeton.

Rich and velvety smooth. Palate coating sweet heat, distinct bourbon flavor, toffee, rye bread, spice, caramel, maple syrup, dry tobacco. Lightly carbed, extremely smooth and well blended. Lip smackingly sticky. One to share (Thanks to beertooth for sharing this one!). (544 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to both Richard and Jeff for sending me bottles of this!

A: The pour is much darker than the regular version. Very dark brown in color with a thin layer of khaki colored head.

S: Bourbon is the first thing to hit my nose. Lots of vanilla, caramel, and maple syrup all providing sweetness. There is a mild chocolate note on the back end, and you still get the rye and caraway.

T: Intensely sweet, but not cloying, sounds strange but it works. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, maple syrup, and chocolate are all there and seem to work perfectly together. Again, the rye character comes through and is a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a somewhat low level of carbonation, but a really smooth feel on the tongue.

O: Damn was this good. I could drink plenty of this beer. (810 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Good times with the regular version, let's kick it up to the barrel-aged, boyee! It pours a murky ruby-brown topped by a half-finger (at best) of dirty white foam. The nose comprises bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, oak, toasted coconut, and toffee. The taste brings in more of the same tastiness, though the barrels come through even stronger, dominating the proceedings in a generally pleasant manner. Some minor grapefruit notes linger about in the background. The body is a hefty-feeling medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and a feel that comes very close to, but does not make it to, chewy. Overall, a great ryewine, one that really takes to the barrel-aging rather nicely. Get some! (776 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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 (805 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (862 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 11/27/11 notes. Again, another HUGE thanks to the Chicago Group in the Group BIF for sending this one. Been really wanting to have this one since I got to try the normal version at DLD. Poured into a tulip, drank side by side with the normal version.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color, much darker than the normal version, with light carbonation evident, and one inch of off white head. Amazing how much darker this one has become.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, dark fruits, vanilla, birch, toffee, and caramel malts. Smell is great and the bourbon comes out and mixes great with the caramel and vanilla.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, toasted malts, birch, and lightly toasted malts. Again, really great taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an oustanding BA barleywine, and much better than the normal version. While I think the normal version is good, this one is great. Great bourbon mixing with the vanilla and caramel malts in the nose and taste. Would love to get another bottle of this one. (1,127 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #3 American barleywine, shared by Thorpe at a small tasting recently, poured into a snifter. Thanks Mike.

Beer is copper to dark brown with a thin lazy head of small white bubbles, low retention, low lacing, low carbonation, about what I expected.

Aroma is strong, rye, nice malt and sweetness, mild liquor and bourbon, moderate levels, smells nice.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet throughout the beer. The liquor character is well integrated into the beer throughout and the finish is a little dry with more hints of rye and some mild bitterness perhaps from some grain. Overall it is a very nice beer, not sure it is a top 3 barleywine but I enjoyed it a lot. (712 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Big thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours brown with a small khaki head on top, decent retention, reducing to a thin ring on top. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon mixed with vanilla, brown sugar, and a little caramel. There is plenty of rye coming through, nice and spicy. Nice combination of the bourbon/vanilla sweetness and the spice.

T: Wow, fantastic. Very similar to the aroma with lots of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, some maple syrup mixed with more rye and spice. There is a little bit of dark fruit, but it is overshadowed by the previously mentioned flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. ABV hidden very well.

O: Lived up to the hype, definitely one of my favorite BA Barleywines. (744 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
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.  (538 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the non barrel-aged version.

The beer pours a clear, dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of bourbon and maple notes, with some oak and brown sugar also mixed in. I can definitely get the same notes I got from the base beer, only with all of the barrel-aged character.

The flavor is similar. I get some nice chocolate and toffee notes, as well as a lot of barrel character: vanilla, oak, bourbon and maple. All of the barrel-aged aspects come through very nicely and mix very well with the other beer notes.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I think this is a much better beer than the non barrel-aged version. Drinking them side-by-side was a great experience.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (795 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a dark caramel color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Great looking color to it.

The first thing I get in the aroma is the deep, malty flavors with notes of brown sugar, caramel and some bready rye coming out. The barrel aged character is also really fantastic in it with bourbon, oak and vanilla all wonderfully complimenting the maltiness of the underlying beer. Fantastic blend of beer and barrel characteristics.

The taste shows more of the malty caramel and bready rye flavors up front. Bourbon, oak and vanilla all come out more towards the finish. A little alcohol heat in the back end, but it doesn't feel out of place. Both the barleywine and bourbon barrel really contributes some fantastic flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an awesome beer. They did a fantastic job balancing the barleywine and bourbon characteristics in it. Both shined at points and neither felt overpowering. I loved the flavors to it overall and would definitely put this up there with my favorite barrel aged barleywines. (1,171 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, sampled in a snifter.

Beer looks as expected for style and ABV; dark copper with thin, bubbly white head with low retention and lacing. Strong aroma, spice and rye, sweet and malt with medium booze and bourbon. Flavor was a little more enjoyable and had more depth than the aroma with a stronger bourbon presence blending the toffee and camamel malt and light rye spiciness. Medium bodied, low carbonation and slightly dry finish. Aging well, starting to open up, will be fun to revisit. (502 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/11/2011

Bottle shared by Chris (stawn), thanks! This is a big want. Snifter.

A: Pours a nebulous reddish brown with a fast fading small head.

S: Powerful toffee and caramel with a healthy dose of bourbon. Faint rye notes, as well as oak, caraway, vanilla, and brown sugar. All aspects are balanced, but the toffee, caramel, and bourbon are most notable. Killer nose.

T: Prominent bourbon notes meld with sweet toffee and caramel. Outstanding. Light vanilla and brown sugar. The finish is dry and lightly spicy with lingering caramel and bourbon. Caraway is evident. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Thick, viscous, and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Awesome beer. Big caramel and bourbon notes. What could be better? Highly recommended. (782 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cherry brownish color with good carbonation leaving a nice tan cap

S: Big bourbon here with oak, vanilla and a brown sugary sweetness mixed with some light citrus

T: Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, American oak, some light citrus and very light pepper with rye bread with a sharp booze bite.Had a nice but subtle citrus and pine hop profile with some caramel and brown sugar.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, warm and big bodied

O: After having this after the non BA Hi Fye I found this one to be my least favorite (532 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Many thanks for sharing this one, Nathan --

A: Lovely ruby brown. A good pour into a moist glass yields a .5 finger head. Minor lacing rims the glass.

S: As expected, it's sweetly fruit forward, with a hearty and generous amount of bourbony goodness encapsulating it. Just fantastic.

T: The bourbon barrel qualities in the beer have gotten to the point which I love, where it starts calming down and mellowing out just enough that the see-saw of flavors is perfectly balanced. The earthy rye come through on the mid, and as it begins pushing back, my palate is overloaded with toasty coconut and vanilla bean. There's a touch of tannin on the finish which dries the palate beautifully.

M: Not as dense as a lot of barleywines I've encountered, and I appreciate how approachable this is. The carbonation and texture here are rich and spot-on, making the brew easy to return to sip after sip.

O: Flossmoor's BA Hi-Fi Rye is fucking awesome. Just a killer American Barleywine. I've never had a keen interest in, or palate for barleywines, but I'll be damned if beers like this don't turn my head and open my eyes. Every component of this wickedly delicious brew come together to create something that I can't wait return to.

Absolutely and without question, this one is worth seeking out. (1,384 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (661 characters)

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