Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev -1.6%
Bomber of this one from claaark13. Cheers man!
From a bomber into a snifter
Drunk right after the base beer
APPEARANCE: Pours out viscous and yields a one finger, medium-thicker looking, fluffy, off-white head with only decent retention. Not quite as much staying power as the base. Darker color on this one, sitting a hazy, ruby red color in the glass with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Nice looking, but not as impressive as the base beer.
SMELL: Bourbon, oak, vanilla with toffee and caramel on the nose. Coconut for sure with lots of woody vanilla notes. Nice barrel for sure and a touch of sweet base beer is still there.
TASTE: Really nice. Bourbon barrel with oak, coconut and vanilla from the wood. Bold and persistent finish with lots of bourbon, oak, coconut, as well as some toffee and butterscotch from the base beer. A well-measured touch of booze as well. Very well balanced and very enjoyable.
PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, velvety like the base beer, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Same as the base beer but a touch lighter. Very velvety and creamy. Nice stuff.
OVERALL: Really, really nice, though I do think the base beer was a more impressive base than this is a bourbon barrel b-wine. Then again, they're both excellent. This one is very well balanced and complex showing a good mix of base barleywine and bourbon barrel aging, making it a drink worth pondering. I've heard stories that the second batch isn't quite up to par, but this first batch is a gem. Thanks again for the set claaark13. This was excellent.
05-29-2013 12:33:46 | More by Jeffo
4.24/5 rDev -4.7%
the beer pours a dark brown, clear with a very thin head. the nose is chocolatey, 3 musketeers bar sweetness. the taste is definitely sweet upfront, brownie batter, 3 musketeers, vanilla, and almost no bitterness. the mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkable, sweet, slightly metallic, and tobacco-y bitter. this beer is damn delicious and doesn't seem to have fallen off (although this is my first time having it).
04-28-2013 01:01:30 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.25/5 rDev -4.5%
Batch 2. Finally getting to this bottle after having it in my cellar for about a year. I've heard a lot of comparisons to King Henry (like most barrel-aged barleywines these days) so I was anxious to see which I preferred.
A- Dark brown, almost stout-like in color but not quite as dark. Has a nice head on it, very light in color.
S- Aroma is mainly bourbon and barrel characteristics. Lots of vanilla coming from that as well, it's sweet like I'd expect in a barleywine. Has some heat on the nose as well.
T- Barrel character really comes through well in the initial sip, it is a bit boozy but it's 11% ABV so I was somewhat expecting it. It definitely gets smoother as it warms up, though. It has a strong vanilla presence in the taste, as well as dark fruits. It's sweet but not too sweet. One of the aspects of this beer that I liked the most was the aftertaste. All of the flavors become very rich and linger for a while.
M- More carbonation than I was expecting, didn't hurt the beer though.
O- This is a great example of a unique barrel-aged barleywine. Unfortunately it's retired, but if you can get your hands on a bottle I'd highly recommend it. I do however much prefer King Henry in comparison, but they're so different from each other.
04-08-2013 13:42:59 | More by Ahappyhiker2
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.