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

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 657
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +12.4%

funkyaudio, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Auztan
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Auztan, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of spicelab
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.

spicelab, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of oline73
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

oline73, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Brew33
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Brew33, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of averagejake872
5/5  rDev +12.4%

averagejake872, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

bauermj, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Duff27
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.

Duff27, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
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.

sukwonee, Sep 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

fiver29, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of DanGolfs86
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

DanGolfs86, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
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.

nrbw23, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of schneid
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

schneid, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

BeerThursdays, Sep 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Savearth, Aug 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

mcgwire756, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

jjheinrichs, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Callmecoon, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Gosox8787, Aug 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Mag00n, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

phingdong, Aug 17, 2012
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.