Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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3.83/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
10-11-2012 19:17:37 | More by stakem
4.4/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-28-2012 03:12:45 | More by Duff27
4.6/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-22-2012 05:18:55 | More by sukwonee
4.43/5 rDev -0.4%
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.
09-17-2012 21:38:27 | More by nrbw23
4.1/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
09-10-2012 01:31:57 | More by corby112
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.