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

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 651
Gots: 88 | FT: 5
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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.
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Photo of HopHead84
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
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.)

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Photo of hopsbreath
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Photo of nhindian
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
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 ;)

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

Cracked open a bottle to cap off a fun birthday weekend.

This beer pours a syrupy chestnut brown. A hearty pour releases bubbles from suspension and takes a good minute to cascade and form a finger of creamy khaki head that sticks around for the entire glass.

The nose is lush bourbon soaked raisins, sweet oaky vanilla, brown sugar, fruit cake. It smells sweet and warming.

The taste follows the nose with clumps of brown sugar, raisins, prunes, chocolate, vanilla, oak, mellow bourbon. It's sticky on the lips and isn't as cloyingly sweet as you'd think. There's a wonderful balance of malts, muted hops, oak, and bourbon. It's easy to sip and pull out new flavors after each one. Warming in belly, but never hot or boozy. Excellent stuff!

The mouthfeel is full and viscous with a medium level of carbonation.

Damn, I wish I bought more of these. This beer is drinking really well right now and should be enjoyed sooner rather than later before it gets too sweet.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to Masterski for sending this one in a recent trade. Greatly appreciated. This is the beer I’ve chosen to pop as celebration for 3 years on BA as well as for the opening drop of the puck for the Bruins playoff game. What a great beer.

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewing Tulip glass and didn’t really get a head to form. Even with a little coaxing. The beer is a very dark burgundy color or perhaps best described as brown with burgundy highlights.

The aroma is intoxicating. Thick with bourbon, maple and vanilla scents. A moment of brown sugar, but really more maple like.

Much like the standard version, I basically have to admit that I would not have sensed or mentioned Rye had it not been so prominently mentioned in the name. Not a negative comment, just reality. This is a very nice beer. The malt flavors here are just fantastic. There is almost a malted milk flavor here. The maple and vanilla flavors are fantastic. Like the aroma there is some brown sugar as well. Got some prune & fig jam as well. There were moments where I was getting a dark chocolate flavor. The bourbon flavors are smooth and luxurious. You can definitely sense a higher ABV, but it’s not hot in any fashion. Lots going on here and it all melds so well.

Body is super thick and rich. There is just a pin prick of carbonation that keeps if from being syrup like. But no doubt about it, this is one big beer.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 05/07/2011
Vintage: 2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glass: DFH Chalice

Thanks to Masterski for the opportunity to sample this brew!

Pours a dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a 1/3 finger bubbly tan head that produces light sticky lacing. Aromas of dark fruits(prune, plum, and raisin), brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and light whiskey booze. The taste was amazingly complex! Sweet dark fruits up front, followed by caramel/toffee/brown sugar, and finishing w/ vanilla, oak, mild bourbon, and a touch of hop bite and rye spice. Mouthfeel was oily and medium bodied w/ low carbonation. With the well hidden ABV and rich complex flavors, this brew is dangerously drinkable. My only knock on this brew is the carbonation is a little too high for my liking, but to us English Barleywine lovers, this is a common flaw that a little age seems to cure.

Overall, this brew is tremendous fresh! I polished off the bomber myself and was feeling no pain. This will only get better w/ age as I suspect the flavors will meld together better and the carbonation will die down a bit.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Spycow for the bottle!

Pours a dark maroon brown with essentially no head. Still manages to leave a few patches of lacing. Fairly bland looking.

The aroma is filled with fruity bourbon, oak and a bit of alcohol. Cherries, figs, honey and rye. Nice notes, but the ABV seems to overwhelm things a bit.

Bourbon, rye, caramel, chocolate, oak and vanilla wash across the tongue as you tip this back. Toffee and a touch of hops. Dark fruits soaked in booze. Delicious! The barrel aging improves on an already exceptional base beer. The rye spiciness keeps things interesting. Great complexity. I love the vanilla and caramel that come through.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low carbonation. Light rye spiciness. Warming alcohol throughout, but not overdone. Good thickness to the body, even with the barrel aging.

Overall, this is an awesome barleywine. A good nose and an amazing flavor profile. The barrel aging is well done and helps to improve an already solid base beer. Goes down so easy. Even with the 11% ABV. Dangerously drinkable for a barleywine. I could probably drink an entire bottle by myself. I really need to get another one of these. Highly recommended!

Photo of homebrew311
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle.

A: this one pours darker than the non BA version, appears a deep red with no head and no lacing

S: the nose features vanilla and toasted coconut followed by lots of bourbon and oak. Delicate notes of maple and molasses come through on the finish.

T: much sweeter than the regular Hi-Fye with lots of molasses and some spicy rye malt towards the finish. Not picking up much of a hop profile.

MF: low carbonation, heavy body

O: This is a very good beer, but I would have to say that I enjoyed the non barrel aged version a little bit more. The bourbon is nice, but it seems to overshadow the base beer.

Photo of JAXSON
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Giving this one a go after having the regular Hi Fi Rye yesterday, which was fairly mediocre. Pours a fairly muddy deep mahogany/chestnut with a thin ring of cappuccino head. Nose is immediately full of brown sugars, toffee, dates, figs, rich bourbon, and something vinous like plum. Very sweet in the mouth, lots of dark fruits still, somewhat hot throughout. Unique grainy, earthy kick in the finish. This is 1000% better than the regular version, unless I had gotten a bad bottle. It's not that I just prefer bourbon barrel aged stuff either, as I love classic barley wines when done well, but the malt in this is just way more mature and expressive than in the regular version. Different batch of base beer maybe? This might have been from the older batch as it had to age for so long to see the same release? A lot of dry wood as it opens and breathes further. Then, some leafy pipe tobacco and chocolate liqueur.

I have to compare this to some other recent barrel aged barley wines, and to one older one. Recently, this is way above Abacus, above the new Old Stock Reserve, on par or better than BB 4th Dementia. Then there's Wooden Hell, the best strong ale of any kind I've had, with which it actually shares some interesting qualities. It's not as refined and expressive as that beauty, but the round, rich bourbon quality and the malt complexity is similar in a way. A side by side tasting down the road could be in order!

Photo of Vdubb86
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

The second beer, which is a year older than beer one and has spent it's time aging gracefully in bourbon barrels, is served a murky brown with zero head. This is a typical appearance for lighter colored beers that have been barrel aged. It actually darkened in color compared to its newer counterpart. Aroma has that typical bourbon barrel aroma, in my personal opinion it was almost too much but I still found it rather pleasant. The base beer only came threw in the smells of toasted caramel malts. Other than that in both aroma and taste there was strong semblances of oak, vanilla, and bourbon whiskey tied together with a thick almost hazelnut like flavor. It was interesting, but there was no rye to be found in this beer. I'm sure it provides flavor somewhere, but I feel the barrels were overpowering to the base of the beer.

Photo of Florida9
3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this one at the Lower Buffalo Grove Spring Gathering. Thanks to whomever brought it.

A: Dark brown and flat. Forms a slight film of micro-bubbles.

S: Huge aroma of bourbon, raisins, port, caramel, and syrup.

T: Hugely (and distractingly) sweet. Raisins, toffee, and oak. Almost port-like.

M: Thick and syrupy with virtually no carbonation. Almost medicinal

O: A very complex sipper of a beer that I found overly sweet. Enjoyed the non-BA version much better.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Good times with the regular version, let's kick it up to the barrel-aged, boyee! It pours a murky ruby-brown topped by a half-finger (at best) of dirty white foam. The nose comprises bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, oak, toasted coconut, and toffee. The taste brings in more of the same tastiness, though the barrels come through even stronger, dominating the proceedings in a generally pleasant manner. Some minor grapefruit notes linger about in the background. The body is a hefty-feeling medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and a feel that comes very close to, but does not make it to, chewy. Overall, a great ryewine, one that really takes to the barrel-aging rather nicely. Get some!

Photo of seeswo
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About 1/3 of a 22 oz. bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a shimmering syrupy caramel with a small, quickly faded tan head. Smell is sweet and malty with suggestions of that boozy bourbon and oak. Doesn't take on the vanilla character that bourbon barrel beers sometimes assert. Smells really decadent. The taste is really, really smooth. Not the oak bomb that Abacus is, the bourbon seems to take a bit of a back seat to the caramel malt flavors. This is actually not too sweet and pretty dry, with just a hint of boozy bourbon and oak. The rye component provides just a slight twist to the flavors one is accustomed to with a -bal barleywine. Way less bourbon quality than, say MOAS, which leads to a beer that is way more drinkable and balanced, but with less "in your face" flavor. This somehow doesn't have to be a sipper as this is an easy 5 for the old drinkability category. The mouthfeel is really nice, lower carbonation, smooth and creamy. The only thing that brings it down a touch for me is that the taste is good, but not mind-blowing. Everything else about this beer is top notch and represents a nice contrast to some of the bigger, more in your face bourbon barleywines like MOAS, Great, etc.

EDIT: Had this again in Sept. 2011 and felt like it was not as good as listed above. Dropping the overall (-1).

Photo of nkersten
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally cracked one of these open the other night. Bottle poured into NB globe, medium to dark brown with a tiny off white head. Smells like raisins, coconut, inviting oak, sweet unfermented malt sugar, a bready yeast, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is very good, one of the better BA barleywines I have had. Very sweet malt balanced by woody oak and some vanilla and bourbon. Finishes with some coconut and dark fruit flavors. Heavy body and a very light carbonation. A very smooth and drinkable beer, an excellent example of the style. This is one of the best beers Flossmoor has made in recent memory and even young this beer is very good. I can only imagine how much smoother this will be within a year or two.

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

This beer pours and looks like maple syrup. Very cool. Deep caramel and ruby hues with a light tan head. legs are thick and gorgeous-- Tina Turner is jealous.

The smell is boozy-- bourbon, oak, sweet malts, and pure deliciousness.
The taste starts sweet with caramel malts and bourbon. Nice oak presence with a dry finish. Very nice.
Body is full and luxurious. Low carbonation makes it thick and creamy.

I'm surprised at how much I like this... Kinda wish I hadn't sent all my bottles out... ;-)

Photo of AgentZero
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at FoBAB, review from notes.

A - The beer is not particularly impressive looking. It's a bit dark, kind of a rusty reddish-brown, with a small off-white head and some spots left on the sides.

S - Right off the bat this smells like a surprising winner. Bourbon and great vanilla and oak notes. There is some burnt caramel and brown sugar with a little bit of the base rye in the background.

T - Wow, this is the real deal. Burnt caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, rye and caraway are all noticable with some oak and earth qualities to it. It is a really wonderful blend that I can't say enough about. Hard to believe it is this smooth at such a young age. Went back for this one a few times at FoBAB.

M - Little bit sticky, heavier side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Hate to be a homer (well, given what I do to HA and FS in reviews on a semi-regular basis I'm not sure how I could be), but this is one damn awesome beer and one of the best I've had in a while. Easy to drink and highly recommended.

Photo of womencantsail
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to both Richard and Jeff for sending me bottles of this!

A: The pour is much darker than the regular version. Very dark brown in color with a thin layer of khaki colored head.

S: Bourbon is the first thing to hit my nose. Lots of vanilla, caramel, and maple syrup all providing sweetness. There is a mild chocolate note on the back end, and you still get the rye and caraway.

T: Intensely sweet, but not cloying, sounds strange but it works. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, maple syrup, and chocolate are all there and seem to work perfectly together. Again, the rye character comes through and is a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a somewhat low level of carbonation, but a really smooth feel on the tongue.

O: Damn was this good. I could drink plenty of this beer.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz silver-waxed bottle into an unmarked snifter. Thanks azaaron for the trade!

Pours with a rich, toffee-amber hue beneath a thin wisp of newspaper-colored foam that, despite its lack in size, still leaves some nice webs of lacing. Enormous bourbon barrel aromas lash at the nose with an off-setting sweetness from caramel malt, spicy rye, and an earthy chocolate note. Incredible fragrance, very complex and inviting.

The flavor packs toffee and roasted chocolate malts into each sip, with the booze coming off as hot on the top of the palate, but the alcohol is so well integrated into this beer that it doesn't seem in the least bit harsh or boozy. The rye finish is tangy with a spice kick...AMAZING. Body is full, creamy in its consistency and flush with carbonation. All in all, an amazing beer that definitely raised some eyebrows. The comparisons with Wooden Hell are legit.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a silver wax sealed bomber into multiple glasses. Thanks to Justin for sharing!Special thanks to Justin, Wil, Joe, Chris, Chris, Margaret, Matt, Aaron, Alex, and Jay for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, carmel-y brown with a 1/2 finger of bubbly light khaki colored foam. Retention was ok with a collar persisting 'till the end of the glass. Lacing was minimal.

S: Rich bourbon on the nose with help from vanilla, molassas, caramel covered cherries, and toasted coconut.

T: I loved how the bourbon didn't just run wild here. Sure the bourbon takes center stage, but the help from the supporting cast is excellent. Vanilla, plug tobacco, brown sugar/molassas, cherry, earthy damp barrel, and Heath Bar.

M: Rich, sticky, and smooth with just a hint of heat. Also, picking up a bit of dryness (other than from the alcohol) that might be from either the rye malt or the caraway seeds or both. That added another interesting layer to this.

O: Brian managed to take regular HiFi, which is a killer Barleywine, and fully succeeded in cranking up its' greatness by another couple of notches here. Excellent!

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4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks!

Muddy, murky brown. Low carbonation and little head. Not the best looking beer, but I'll be forgiving.

The nose, on the other hand, is great. Tons of earthy rye balance by sweet barrel notes: vanilla, toffee, a little integrated booze and caraway spiciness. Really nice.

Spicy and earthy rye meets vanilla and toffee from the -bals, creating a delicious and balanced flavor. Caraway appears mid-palate, which leads into a dry earthy rye bread finish. Full bodied, pretty damn sippable and easy to drink. Best Flossmoor beer I've had behind Wooden Hell.

Photo of Sean9689
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ a pre-Hunahpu's tasting at CCB.

A - Pours a syrupy reddish/brown color, small off-white head that doesn't stick around too long. Some bubbles remain here and there, but really, not much else.

S - Sweet burnt sugars, caramel, smooth bourbon, some oak. Very sweet, smooth, and rich. Decadent. The sweetness and alcohol work well together and don't overpower each other at all. Just the right balance.

T - Caramel, bourbon, touch of oak, burnt sugars. The impressive part here is how smooth this beer already is. For a newly-released BA Barleywine, it's unbelievable smooth, complex, and rich.

M - Medium, smooth, slight carbonation.

D - One of the most impressive beers I've had from Flossmoor (this includes Wooden Hell). The barrel-aging does wonders for the base beer (which is also good) and adds some wonderful complexity. One of the best BA Barleywines I've had in recent memory.

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silver Wax, bought at brewery during Rls Day February 2010.

A: Clear, dark brown. Small off-white foam is gone quickly .

S: Caramely, sweet bourbon. Then some spiciness from rye or it seem more like hops with faint citrus scents. Definately inviting and many layers to peel back.

T: First there is a semi-sweetness, seemingly fruit as much as malt. Then the bourbon flavors of vanilla, dark cherry, whatever else came out of the barrel. A full mouth feel that seem totally approriate. Alcohol add's an element to the experience of this brew, it doesn't overhelm.

D: Complex and extremely well balanced. It's a very rich mix of the kind of flavors you expect in a bourbon barrel aged brew. I am huge fan of brewer(Brian S.) and this is probably my fav of his brews...so far. If I remember correctly it did win a silver medal at FoBAB. This brew is just another proof point that midwest brewers rule bb aged beers.

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

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this and its unoaked counterpart.

A: Far darker than regular Hi-Fi Rye: clear, deep mahogany body with a thin head of fine tan bubbles. Nice.

S: The bourbon overpowers this entirely, and I'm fine with that. Nothing but bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Cool.

T: Rich, sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, rye spice, and more barrel. Wonderful integration, huge flavor. Fantastic.

M: Fairly light body with plenty of carbonation. Enjoyable, but it doesn't quite match the richness of the beer's flavors.

D: Beautiful. I could drink tons of this.

Notes: Wow, what an improvement. The barrel aging made a good barleywine truly great. I woke up the next morning still imagining the taste of this, out of all the amazing beers at the tasting. I may have to track down another bottle or two of this one...


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