Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-04-2012 08:30:47 | More by Chriscrundwell12
4.45/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-04-2012 05:54:03 | More by Arbitrator
4.7/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-03-2012 18:29:52 | More by RodneyX
4.65/5 rDev +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.
01-03-2012 02:15:10 | More by zhanson88
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-31-2011 03:25:33 | More by yourefragile
4.97/5 rDev +11.7%
Had this side by side with Wooden Hell and Brandy Dark Lord.
A: Dark deep chocolate brown with a tinge of red. Heavy pour yields a quarter inch of head. looks very rich and sets the stage for an overall amazing beer.
S: I don't know what bourbon barrels were used but smell is very similar to Wooden Hell. The only difference to my novice nose was the spice that followed. Like rye bread that had fallen into a glass full of caramel and bourbon. Fantastic.
T: Holy F*ck! Mind blowing, so complex, so balanced. Not to sweet, so much barrel. The caraway seeds are a welcome change from BA barleywines and bring another level of complexity and make this beer one of the best I had in 2011.
M: What Wooden Hell was probably like 2-3 years ago. Almost whipped and frothy. Definitely on the thicker side. Alcohol heat was no where to be found.
O: An amazing beer that really lives up to any hype it has. It was by consenus better than Wooden Hell was based on mouthfeel and body. Flossmoor Station definitely knows how to make some fantastic barrel aged barleywines. If you haven't had this one its is worth the hunt.
12-12-2011 18:21:35 | More by vissai
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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