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

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
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:
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this side by side with Wooden Hell and Brandy Dark Lord.

Thanks Vick!

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.

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's cold today, so it as good as time as any to finally crack this one open. Thanks so much Bobby!

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark, burnt carmel color with a slight tan head. The head has good retention and slowly fadess to the edges.

S - Lots of bourbon are noticable at first, then some sweet dark fruit, toffee, carmels, and a slight oak.

T - Wow! Carmel and toffee softness coat the mouth with an ever so slight bourbon and vanilla finish. So good.

D - Smooth and soft on the tongue, oily body, lower carbonation.

O - So amazing. I really love this. I see why everyone wants a WH. This is the best BW I have had to date.

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 11/27/11 notes. Again, another HUGE thanks to the Chicago Group in the Group BIF for sending this one. Been really wanting to have this one since I got to try the normal version at DLD. Poured into a tulip, drank side by side with the normal version.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color, much darker than the normal version, with light carbonation evident, and one inch of off white head. Amazing how much darker this one has become.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, dark fruits, vanilla, birch, toffee, and caramel malts. Smell is great and the bourbon comes out and mixes great with the caramel and vanilla.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, toasted malts, birch, and lightly toasted malts. Again, really great taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an oustanding BA barleywine, and much better than the normal version. While I think the normal version is good, this one is great. Great bourbon mixing with the vanilla and caramel malts in the nose and taste. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

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4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty is courtesy of fishingnet. Ok, the regular Hi Fi Rye is simply an amazing beer. Not sure how it could be any better in fact. Hmm. This BA version pours amber with copper hues and near white head. The aroma is red apples wedges covered with caramel, prunes, pine hops, spicy rye, some whiskey booze and vanilla. The taste offers up a mix of sweet vanilla, some spicy rye goodness, sweet malts, pine hops and some dark fruity esters. Thankfully the barrel notes don’t get in the way or take away any of this beer’s great flavor. Into the finish a modest level of sweet whiskey joins in.

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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is much darker than it’s non BA counterpart, having a brown sue with some nice golden-red highlights when held up to the light. Has a small ring of off white head that dies to a ring. 4

S: Has plenty of oaky bourbon in the smell, vanilla, cotton candy and some malt that’s more on the lighter side. I do get the caraway seeds and some other spices in the aroma as well, overall it smells quite nice, not overly sweet but has a lot of very confectionary notes that are quite appealing. 4.5

T: The smells all translate to the taste very well, a lot of vanilla, cotton candy, almond, etc. that all taste great. Also a little bit of some great rye flavors and spices that are a nice counterpoint to the sweeter flavors. A little bit of molasses too and some sweeter soda-like notes, kind of reminding me of birch beer. The flavor is quite unique and great. 4.5

M: A nice smooth feel, very little alcohol burn and what is there is good. Sweet and savory, thickish. 4.5

Overall a great beer. Would love to try this again. 4.5

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