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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi RyeBourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 653
Gots: 88 | 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:
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 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.

Photo of beenitty
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.27/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of markrmoser
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tarheels86
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of MaseFace
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Auztan
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of spicelab
3.91/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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

Photo of Brew33
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of averagejake872
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of sukwonee
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of fiver29
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of DanGolfs86
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of schneid
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.