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

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BA SCORE
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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 654
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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Treebs
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the bottle release. Got skunked on bottles, but had a few of these and it made up for it.

A: Pours a murky dark brown with hues of mahogany around the edges. A bubbly light tan head forms on the pour recedes to a thick collar that leaves some splotchy stick behind.

S: Sweet bourbon, vanilla and toffee fill the nose right away and it gives way to a mild oak, brown sugar, burnt bitter sugar and some alcohol soaked dark fruits.

T: The taste follows the nose, but is much more complex and balanced. The barrel shines through a lot more with a smooth bourbon, light oak, sweet vanilla and caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Dark fruity notes show themselves here and there as well. There is a mild cocoa towards the backend and a minimal rye spice on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden and there is just a mild warming towards the finish.

M: Creamy and smooth with a heavily flavored body and a medium to low carbonation. The finish is a smooth and sweet bourbon barrel with a touch of rye.

O: A delicious beer and very well balanced. I was expecting more rye spice to come out, but I actually didn't miss it too much when all was said and done. The alcohol is very well hidden and this is a must try beer.

Photo of Agold
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the release this morning at the bottle release. This is a very cloudy brown beer with just about no head and absolutely no lacing. Not very attractive. A nice vanilla, woody aroma with a bit of caramel. Flavor is big toffee, caramel, oak, not quite so much vanilla, some nice spicyness with some nice warmth. Mouthfeel is medium heavy low carb, could use a bit more carb, but nice anyway.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewery

A- pours a murky toffee brown, little head.

S- strong bourbon aroma, some caramel sweetness

T- more big bourbon flavors, caramel, molasses and toffee sweetness, some spice in the finish.

M- medium to full bodied, slick feel, some whiskey burn on the end.

O- a pretty good bourbon beer, the spiciness gives it some nice kick

Photo of Khazadum
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good retention, collar, long lasting carbonation. Small pond scum skim.

Smells like cheap bourbon, a bit of strong oxidized hops. Caramel, maple syrup, molasses. Light rye spice. Definite malt grain background.

Tastes.... Big bourbon sweetness, alcoholic burn, lingering rye and oxidized hops. It's mellowed completely. The body is earthen, vegetal. Very smooth flavors. Letting it sit is a burning nose nature but nowhere else. Perfect carbed.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with silver wax poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a a dark brown with a nice small brown head. Nose is bourbon and malt, a big bitter from the rye.

Taste is complex and rich, a bit sweet, light bourbon and vanilla oakiness. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Really good carbonation. A sharp bitterness. Very tasty.

Photo of claspada
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version courtesy of GhettoFabulous, cannot thank him enough, hardest beer I have ever had to track down.

Pours much darker than the regular version. A viscous darkish brown in color with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Same thickness but darker; barrels will do that. Not much lacing; barrels will also do that.

Aromas begin with barrel imparted smellvalets of vanilla, dark caramel and maple syrup all providing sweetness. Light rye bourbon with so,e substantial toffee notes that emerge more as it warms. Not getting any hops or rye malt or caraway seeds like I got in the original. Smells like it has been cellared for several years.

The tastes begin Intensely sweet, but not cloying, sounds strange but it works. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, maple syrup and toffee are all there and seem to work perfectly together. The rye character that was present in the original is not present here, but I really don't care because this is spectacular. The barrel and bourbon are dominant but not abrasive. I am normally a fan of beers that are only partially aged in a spirit barrel because 100% are usually too much for my palate but this is superb. Even as it warms the alcohol is subtle and complements the rich dark caramels, toffee and vanilla flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a somewhat low level of carbonation, but a really smooth feel on the tongue. Once again this is so smooth it is crazy. The barrel imparted flavors are so prevalent but work synergistically with the base barleywine. The finish lingers a little, sweetness and light drying spirit flavors.

Overall I was worried about this beer because I have been recently overwhelmed by many barrel aged beers, but this was freakin' amazing. So balanced and yet so intense on the palate, quite drinkable and yet his deserves to be sipped and savored. I wish I could have tasted a little more of the base beer (mainly the rye and caraway seeds that I enjoyed last night with the base beer), but this beer is still so darn tasty. Best barrel aged barleywine I have ever had by far and only a year of age; crazy. Find it, get it, hoard it, savor it. Top notch beer here.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -32.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle sharred with Sournotes and Mothman.

A- Pours an attractive dark reddish brown mahogany color, ½ finger off white head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass, fairly opaque, orange hues come off the bottom.
S- Wow phenomenal aroma, delicious bourbon upfront, huge vanilla and caramel, toffee, booze is present but balanced, such a rich smell, I cannot wait to try this.
T- This beer is amazing so smooth, love the bourbon and vanilla that come out, caramel and toffee, spice is present from the caraway seeds, nice sweetness, slight dark fruits, amazing complex beer.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, so smooth silky smooth so balanced well carbonated.
O- This beer is mind blowing, so complex and balanced, extremely easy drinkability for it being 11% abv, I could not ask for a more satisfying BA Barleywine, it’s going to be hard to find a BA Barleywine that would top this baby.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small edits on 2012.01.03 to reflect a second bottle generously sent by lurchingbeast. Thanks again, Frank.

Original scores: 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.5

A: Upon peeling off the wax, I noticed a surprising (and scary) amount of rust around the edges of the cap, along with some moisture on the top of it. Very odd. Wax is hydrophobic, so I'm guessing the water was there before the wax was applied. Why?

Anyway, the beer pours a clear maroon body with slight ruby highlights against the light. The head is extremely thin, composed of medium-sized tan bubbles that quickly retreat into a thin collar.

S: Dominated by caramelly bourbon and vanilla at first, but it gives way to rye, meaty oxidation, a touch of oak; toffee and some brown sugar reveal the contributions of the base beer. Unlike my first bottle, consumed in September 2011, this one actually emits light tangy, spicy notes that must be the caraway seeds. I happen to like heavily seeded rye bread, and at this point, BA Hi-Fi Rye has hit my sweet spot for smelling like liquid, barrel-aged rye bread.

T: The beer is on the sweeter end; caramel, vanilla, and toffee base set the initial taste. I happen to love this particular combination in barrel-aged barleywines (it was the best part of Abacus before that beer faded). The mid-taste showcases oxidation, which has progressed since the last time I had this beer. Slight sherry notes have become meatier, giving the beer a hearty feel that accentuates its light caraway-rye bread flavor. The spice, coupled with oak tannins, gives the impression of a drying finish. It's a good close to what could have been a cloying, all-barrel beer. The flavors seem to be in good balance; as with any beer, improvement with age is a roll of the dice, but I think it's drinking great now, and I wouldn't age another bottle if I had one.

M: Medium-plus bodied. Low-medium carbonation. No heat; the suggestion to wait a few months on this worked wonders. The flavors are in superb balance, and while the beer starts off sweet, it cleans up after itself nicely. Each sip is a fresh experience, and a pleasant one.

O: If I'm not mistaken, this was released around the same time Abacus was, but while Abacus has declined considerably since release, this one seems to have improved. I believe this is what people were hoping Hellshire I would be. This is quite well done.

Photo of RodneyX
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this as part of a barleywine tasting along some others. One of the better of the bunch. It poured a dark amber color with an offwhite had that left some lacing. Rye is there as well as bourbon that is somewhat mellow. Tastes very good with bourbon and some spice from rye. Sets it apart a bit and breaks up the normal barleywine sweetness that can be to much. The body is medium and finishes in a dry way that is good. Sure it will get better with age, this is a good beer.

Photo of zhanson88
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First bottling, 2010 vintage; bottle poured into a Fantome tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany color that is mostly hazy. About 1/2" of offwhite head forms, which doesn't last too long but forms a nice ring around the edges of the glass. A bit of lacing sticks around as well.

Smell: Smells of rich toffee, caramel, and strongly of oak and vanilla. Very light bourbon notes present at this point, but still present. I only get a hint of rye character, but it does add a bit of breadiness and light spiciness.

Taste: Rich toffee, big oak and vanilla presence. The bourbon presence is light but still present, as is the rye. Good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy in body, with moderate, fine carbonation that is perfect. Luscious, full and smooth. Overall, a great BA barleywine. Rich and pretty unique. The rye gives it an extra level of complexity.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.