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

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 665
Gots: 91 | FT: 4
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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

09-27-2012 00:32:06 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:44:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 13:03:38 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

12-04-2011 21:42:45 | More by nmann08
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.1%

05-03-2013 23:29:49 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 22:48:09 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

04-01-2012 02:12:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.4%

12-14-2011 06:59:24 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -10.1%

02-11-2013 02:16:24 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 20:01:20 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

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!).

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 19:13:24 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-15-2011 18:47:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 04:02:10 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-18-2011 22:53:42 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

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
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:47:01 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 05:39:00 | More by Mora2000
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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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mdfb79

New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 23:52:53 | More by mdfb79
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.4%

12-06-2011 00:52:45 | More by Rochefort10nh
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

12-05-2013 06:43:15 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-20-2012 23:19:48 | More by imperialking
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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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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.