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

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301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 655
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a dark caramel color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Great looking color to it.

The first thing I get in the aroma is the deep, malty flavors with notes of brown sugar, caramel and some bready rye coming out. The barrel aged character is also really fantastic in it with bourbon, oak and vanilla all wonderfully complimenting the maltiness of the underlying beer. Fantastic blend of beer and barrel characteristics.

The taste shows more of the malty caramel and bready rye flavors up front. Bourbon, oak and vanilla all come out more towards the finish. A little alcohol heat in the back end, but it doesn't feel out of place. Both the barleywine and bourbon barrel really contributes some fantastic flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an awesome beer. They did a fantastic job balancing the barleywine and bourbon characteristics in it. Both shined at points and neither felt overpowering. I loved the flavors to it overall and would definitely put this up there with my favorite barrel aged barleywines.

billab914, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the non barrel-aged version.

The beer pours a clear, dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of bourbon and maple notes, with some oak and brown sugar also mixed in. I can definitely get the same notes I got from the base beer, only with all of the barrel-aged character.

The flavor is similar. I get some nice chocolate and toffee notes, as well as a lot of barrel character: vanilla, oak, bourbon and maple. All of the barrel-aged aspects come through very nicely and mix very well with the other beer notes.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I think this is a much better beer than the non barrel-aged version. Drinking them side-by-side was a great experience.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours cloudy light brown with minimal head slight lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Bourbon , roasted malts and barley, slight hop ,rye.

T: Bourbon , rye, sweet malts with slight char, minimal hops.

O: Overall a very tasty beer that I would have again and again.

InebriatedJoker, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brian44556 for a reasonable trade for the Hi-Fi twins before the hype train brought this one into the stratosphere. Sir, I'm sure I owe you for this one. Certain. 22 oz. bottle poured into a pair of Darkness glasses.

Pours a dark beer color, red highlights. Smell is like bourbon, vanilla, & caramel has been spilled into your Magnum P.I. mustache. As it warms, wow, the rye spice comes out. This is what good bourbon aging smells like, girls & boys.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye is tough to separate from the hype, but damn, this is good. Massive doses of vanilla, bourbon, & caramel frolic across the tongue, leaving delicious hoofprints everyplace. Spicy rye puts down a gorgeous clay base. Whispers of molasses, nice drying oak character, toffee. I'd like to have had this bomber to myself, frankly. Sharing is so overrated.

Lives up to the hype: this is spot on fabulous & close to perfect. Just great.

maximum12, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of JohnPPutz
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Medium copper brown color with a nice toffee colored head.

S-Sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and some rye. The smell is great.

T-Wow. This may be the best barleywine I have ever had.Caramel malts, rye spices, vanilla, toffee, oak and perfect bourbon integration. Very complex and it all works.

M-Not much carbonation and a pretty thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

O- awesome, I really hope they decide to brew this one again.

JohnPPutz, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Many thanks for sharing this one, Nathan --

A: Lovely ruby brown. A good pour into a moist glass yields a .5 finger head. Minor lacing rims the glass.

S: As expected, it's sweetly fruit forward, with a hearty and generous amount of bourbony goodness encapsulating it. Just fantastic.

T: The bourbon barrel qualities in the beer have gotten to the point which I love, where it starts calming down and mellowing out just enough that the see-saw of flavors is perfectly balanced. The earthy rye come through on the mid, and as it begins pushing back, my palate is overloaded with toasty coconut and vanilla bean. There's a touch of tannin on the finish which dries the palate beautifully.

M: Not as dense as a lot of barleywines I've encountered, and I appreciate how approachable this is. The carbonation and texture here are rich and spot-on, making the brew easy to return to sip after sip.

O: Flossmoor's BA Hi-Fi Rye is fucking awesome. Just a killer American Barleywine. I've never had a keen interest in, or palate for barleywines, but I'll be damned if beers like this don't turn my head and open my eyes. Every component of this wickedly delicious brew come together to create something that I can't wait return to.

Absolutely and without question, this one is worth seeking out.

Rhettroactive, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellowed brown. Some light tan head a very nice pours. Smells oaky and rye heavy. The beer drinks very nicely. Lots of vanilla and oak. Rye on the tongue. Smooth on the tongue but a bit thin. Pretty darn enjoyable. I definitely enjoy the rye character in this beer

Urbancaver, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #3 American barleywine, shared by Thorpe at a small tasting recently, poured into a snifter. Thanks Mike.

Beer is copper to dark brown with a thin lazy head of small white bubbles, low retention, low lacing, low carbonation, about what I expected.

Aroma is strong, rye, nice malt and sweetness, mild liquor and bourbon, moderate levels, smells nice.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet throughout the beer. The liquor character is well integrated into the beer throughout and the finish is a little dry with more hints of rye and some mild bitterness perhaps from some grain. Overall it is a very nice beer, not sure it is a top 3 barleywine but I enjoyed it a lot.

drabmuh, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both Mages64 and AleWatcher for getting me bottles of this in separate BIFs. Bottle shared last night at the barrel-aged barleywine tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Poured a moderate copper-brown color with a small off-white dome that diminished quickly, leaving behind some sparse spotty lacing.

The nose came forward fairly strong with the caraway seeds and rye. Mild undertones of bourbon along with light caramel. Toffee there as well. Not too complex, but nice. The flavor was a bit better with the bourbon coming out more and the caraway and rye falling into a smaller percentage of the perceivable characteristics. Mildly sweet.

Medium body with light carbonation, still appropriate for the style. Light booze and a bit of caraway and rye spice. Pretty good, but not my favorite of the night.

Thorpe429, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.63/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that fades to a big ring leaving some lacing on the glass. Like the regular version it pours thick as hell like syrup but it's much darker.

S: The nose is very weird. It has huge notes of rye and an earthy aroma I can't quite place. There are barely any barrel aromas coming out of this one besides some vanilla and the rye is huge compared to the regular version which was mainly hops and malt.

T: The taste is alot different from the nose. There are big tangy rye flavors with some vanilla, caraway/anise, and some very dark overipe fruits. It's almost sour but I hate to use that word. No hops here or the nose which is very odd.

M: The feel is even thicker than the regular version and very creamy.

O: This was nothing like I thought it would be. Maybe it wasn't cellared properly or maybe it's a bad bottle? This is now the 2nd barrel aged Rye beer I've had that tasted "off"...the other being Ry(e)an. Maybe they're not for me...

This one also had a rusty cap...maybe it's time to look into your capping and waxing technique.

GregSVT, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to thunderroad12 for always bringing the goods to releases and sharing this one with beermeX2 and I! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured a deep red-brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. While this brew wasn't the most complex Barleywine I have had, the components in it just worked really well together. I never would have thought this was 11% either as the alcohol was not in-your-face like some 11% Barleywines I have had in the past. This one was really quite smooth and easy drinking. This is a definite must try for anyone out there if you have no already done so.

thagr81us, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of vkv822
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown when held to the light with a half-inch toffee colored head.

Big bourbon nose, vanilla, caramel, oak. Even some dark fruit notes, perhaps I'm mistaking the rye?

The taste is again of caramel and toffee, with bourbon and the rye spice does come through in the finish more than it does in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy and just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from becoming overly viscous.

Wow. Definitely one of my favorite barelywine's I have had, if not my favorite.

vkv822, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was going to open this on my 25th birthday, but got distracted with Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek on tap and "special time" with my wife, neither of which i regret, i had a great birthday, and still had this bottle for the post-birthday night...right now. Sweet deal. I feel bad for drinking a bomber of this alone, but it was my B-Day present to myself.
Looks are a mahogony cherry color, deep with a thin collar. This one was still when cold but once warming to room temp gave off a bit of a ring.
The aroma is composed, i say that because it isn't outspoken in the alcohol department, and keeps that heat in check with the other componants. Oak is notable along with a dry caramel and toffee.
This one is so smooth and integrated in it's flavors, i really didn't expect this one to be so rounded. Caramel and toffee are the sinews that hold this one together, with the bourbon providing the lubrication. More Oak and Vanilla Syrups, brown sugars a bit on the finish making you smack your lips, which really could be the rye actually now that i think of it, and pancakes covered in maple syrup.
Mouthfeel is syrupy and low carb all around.

This one is pretty outstanding,and i know i am the exception to the rule, but my personal caveat would be less bourbon integration. This one really is about as close to perfect as you can get though, i just like a good strong heat. What an exceptional and complex brew this one is. I have to put this one in my top 3 BWs.

ChadQuest, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brown in color with a light tan head on top that hung around for a good few minutes before settling down into a thin layer on top. One of the best aromas I have ever come across. Rich bourbon notes just rippling across the nose. Lots of toffee and vanilla, light touchs of oak and a piney hop presence as well. So immacualtly complex. Nothing subtle about this beast at all. Rich toffee and oak flavors are all over the place. Huge hop notes coming through with a nice alcohol hotness that is really well placed. A very tight flavor here with a long lingering vanilla flavor that lasted long after my last sip. Rich medium body with a big alcohol note that you know is there.

Overall this was about as solid as could be.

mikesgroove, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with non BA version. Review from notes taken on Easter.

Dark burgundy with good clarity, but still so dark it's hardy to see through. Half a finger of off white head.

Smells of alcohol soaked dark fruit (plum raisin). Oak, vanilla, huge sweet molasses-y bourbon notes.

Tastes of molasses up front, toffee, licorice, some brown sugar, did I say molasses?, spicy rye and rye bread. The finish brings out some brownie and chocolate notes and brings back the licorice.

A heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation and well hidden alcohol.

Awesome.

billshmeinke, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/11/2011

Bottle shared by Chris (stawn), thanks! This is a big want. Snifter.

A: Pours a nebulous reddish brown with a fast fading small head.

S: Powerful toffee and caramel with a healthy dose of bourbon. Faint rye notes, as well as oak, caraway, vanilla, and brown sugar. All aspects are balanced, but the toffee, caramel, and bourbon are most notable. Killer nose.

T: Prominent bourbon notes meld with sweet toffee and caramel. Outstanding. Light vanilla and brown sugar. The finish is dry and lightly spicy with lingering caramel and bourbon. Caraway is evident. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Thick, viscous, and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Awesome beer. Big caramel and bourbon notes. What could be better? Highly recommended.

HopHead84, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sean9869 on Hunahpu's eve. Thanks Sean

A - The brew pours a deep and murky maple-brown, and is capped with a filmy tan head that is quite persistent. Viscosity is visible.

S - Sweet Bourbon is the first thing to appear, offering notes of vanilla, oak and booze. As I dig deeper, rich toffee-caramel, chocolate and graham cracker is noted.

T - Reminiscent of an English Barleywine, the flavor is a great pairing of a base of rich, buttery and nutty toffee-caramel and a treatment of sweet Bourbon. There is just about a perfect amount of barrel presence here, and the base beer is still discernible. It seems the barrel has some added some dark fruitiness and undertones of fudge, compared to the base incarnation.

M - Really quite silky, and softly carbonated.

O - Very nice, as is the base beer (though the -bal is an improvement.)

ktrillionaire, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was part of a 7 bottle BA Barleywine tasting. Thanks to Hopsbreath for bringing this. Shared with hopsbreath, witchsbrew, and tulipsnifter.

Appearance- Unfiltered crimson. Almost a light plum color. Small off white head that doesn't last long at all. 3.5/5

Smell- Vanilla and maple syrup. Not very much after that. Some alcohol as it warms. 3.5/5

Taste- Vanilla and hard caramel candies. The rye comes out at the end. The alcohol makes an appearance in the end and when it warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Medium body that thins out quite fast and ends thin. A small chalky feel was there as well 3.5/5

Overall- Good but not overwhelming. I was glad to have it, though. 4/5



MADhombrewer, May 31, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a little barrel aged barleywine tasting at MADhombrewer and Witchsbrew's residence last night. Filet mignon's were provided by our host's for TulipSnifter and I. Thanks guys!

In the lineup were Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Hellshire I, BA Hi-Fi Rye, BA Old Ruffian, Abacus, and Alpine Great. Our intention was to also open up Perfect Storm '09, Mother of all Storms '10, Kuhnhenn BBBW, and Arctic Devil but we agreed it best to hold off on those beers for another day due to palate fatigue. Small two ounce samples of the six beers from last night were first tasted and notes were taken before returning to the bottles for more tastes and refined notes.

Thanks to MrKanable for supplying me with a bottle.

A: Deep prune-brown, minimal wisp ring, minimal legs, no lacing. 3/5

S: Nice coconut, bourbon, caramel, anise, and other sweeter tendencies. 4/5

T: Sweet and spicy with some dark stone fruits. The licorice from the caraway and rye is very forward and evident which makes for a very unique albeit enjoyable dynamic. 4.5/5

M: The thickest beer of the night. Syrupy and low on the carbonation is what I want from big beers and this delivers. 5/5

O: Damn good. This was WitchsBrew’s favorite beer of the night. It would seem that Flossmoor Station is doing just fine without MVW. This is a fantastic example of how they’re doing and is worth the praise it receives. 4.5/5

hopsbreath, May 30, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer #12 from Khazadum with the text: "You made it! Hopefully it wasn't too much tortue." Oh no, not at all. Some few surprises, many great ones, and so far I've only had two kill shots (although one was unexpected!)

22oz gray-waxed bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a tawny brown color, very dark, murky, and imposing. At first it seems there wouldn't be any head and I got a little nervous, but it slowly grew a 1-fingered, light tan head. It has moderate retention, and the lacing is actually quite nice despite the lack of head. Some spatter of lace where I sip from and also a solid ring as the level (quickly) depletes. As I swirl and drink, a revolving vortex of thin, foamy, cap dances in the middle of the glass. (4/5)

S - Almost instantly I'm greeted with the sweet, alcoholic aroma of bourbon. It has a little alcohol astringency to it, but is washed away by the incoming flood of caramel malts which add even more sweetness. Strangely, although this doesn't appear to be a stout, I am getting strong notes of what I would get from a bourbon-aged stout in that there's very rich chocolate, vanilla, and oak. The barrel has done very nice things to this beer, and the fruitiness from the bourbon is a welcome addition as well. (4.5/5)

T - If the bourbon in the nose came across strongly, it only did so to announce it's presence, as it is more subdued in the taste, which isn't a bad thing as it also cuts down on the alcohol. Again, the flavors in here almost immediately harken me back to a barrel-aged imperial stout because the chocolate in this is seriously impressive. It's rich and thick enough to almost remind me of cocoa butter. The bourbon and malts reclaim the beer after this surge of chocolate, and in comes hints of bourbon-soaked raisins and brown sugar. The finish is still rather sweet, but has some spice kick to it as if there are still some hops lingering from the base beer, but they don't impart any noticeable flavor. Seriously a fantastic tasting beer here. (5/5)

M - This beer is very thick and viscous with low carbonation. I'm torn here. Normally with the intense flavors of a beer such as this, low carbonation tends to make the beer feel syrupy and heavy, but with the big chocolate and vanilla in this, it really works. It also helps that although a bit syrupy, it finishes spicy and rather dry to keep the palate ready for more. I'm really liking it, but that could also be due to my love for bourbon-aged imperial stouts! (4/5)

D/O - I'm honestly floored with this beer. What a way to finish this BIF; with something deep, complex, and worthy of heavy concentration. The appearance and smell only lead you to the water, it's up to me to drink, and drink I did with great joy and excitement with this beer. I just hope that when I peel the label off, it is something that I can get again without much trouble. (4.5/5)

I'm going to just leave my guess at a bourbon-aged barleywine!

The reveal: Flossmoor Station Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hi-Fi Rye. Wow. Talk about a generous inclusion by Khazadum to finish off the BIF with this, I cannot thank you enough!

I guess the spiciness in the finish was the rye, but having it almost back-to-back with the normal version, the rye is very subdued! Again, I can't pin the caraway seeds ;)

nhindian, May 28, 2011
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.