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

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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks Brandon

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).

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

22oz batch 1 bottle poured into a snifter. Wow this is a gusher.

A: Hazy dark brown color. Almost black. Big cream colored head. Did not expect this from a BA beer.
S: I'm pretty sure this is infected. Sour apples and pears, big fruity smell. Some spicy rye character. Reminds me of Seizoen Bretta.
T: Sour. Definitely infected. Sour apples again, spiciness, a bit of caramel. A bit medicinal too.
M: Thin bodied with massive carbonation. This beer gushed over for hours. Not good.
O: I was looking forward to this but it's unfortunately infected. I have another bottle and will re-review soon. Wish I could contact Flossmoor but their website seems to be broken.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, big thanks again to Ed for bringing this one to the tasting and sharing it with everyone. Pours a deep-ass amber-copper hybrid color with some dark ruby tints around the edges when held up to the light. Small head (almost no head), beige in color, settles almost instantly. Aroma is humongous - oaky as fuck and bourbony as fuck. The malt base is heavy and full of roasted cocoa beans, caramel, sweet molasses, and dark fruits; plums, dates, figs. Light hints of vanilla and rich syrup are detectable as well. Very sweet overall - super powerful and robust aroma. Very excited to finally taste this one.

Holy Christ, this motherfucker is extremely creamy and smooth on the palate, almost like a melted milkshake. Sweet whiskey and bourbon flavors hang around the edges of every sip and last from start to finish. Oaky, woody, and nutty flavors pop in and out, with the oak being the strongest of the bunch. Lots of sweet, dark fruits play integral roles in the flavor profile; sugar-coated plums, candied figs, sweet raisins - the level of sweetness is so high that it almost imparts a slight tartness to the beer, unlike anything I've ever had. Despite the intense sweetness, it's never cloying, and held in check from the booze, oak, and the rye, which provides a mellow dryness, especially in the finish, alongside some light cocoa powder and sweet molasses.

Good God, this bad boy was insanely drinkable, even with it's largely robust profile. So complex, so creamy, and so sweet, yet balance just enough to provide a superb drinking experience. I can't thank Ed enough for bringing this one along.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 1) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois.

Score: 96

Batch 1 bottle served in a plastic taster glass and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours a murky, fudge color with ruby highlights. Poor lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Bourbon, caramel and brown sugar. Hint of cherry. Faint fudge. Oak and a hint of “rye bread.” Dates too. 4.75/5

Taste: Smooth bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Bready malt and brown sugar towards the back half. Hint of dark fruit. More fudge and cherry on the palate than in the nose, but both are still complexities rather than prominent elements. Very smooth and easy drinking, with well-integrated flavors. Lightly sweet. The hops have totally faded, but there is still a faint rye flavor and prickle on the tongue. Boozy flavors without much “booziness.” 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy, modestly malty mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: It is a shame this one is being retired; the original vintage is one of the best barleywines out there. Seek a bottle out if you can; it very much lived up to its hype.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.
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Reviewing the Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 2) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois.

Score: 93

Batch 2 bottle served in a plastic taster glass and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Both Batch 1 and Batch 2 have a near identical appearance. Murky fudge color. Poor lacing/retention. 4/5

Smell: Batch 2 is somewhat of a different beast than Batch 1. Hops, caramel, barley malt, and brown sugar are the dominating elements of the aroma. The bourbon qualities are less defining than they were in Batch 1. There is also more alcohol heat in the nose than Batch 1. Still, quite inviting. 4.5/5

Taste: Much hoppier and “fruity caramel” forward. Some bitterness that was not in Batch 1. Almost exactly reminds me of the 2012 release of Three Floyds’ Barrel Aged Behemoth. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Similar mouthfeel to Batch 1. Syrupy, medium-plus bodied. The viscosity was slightly thinner than Batch 1. Not a lot of carbonation. 4/5

Overall: An excellent beer, but different in both flavor and quality than Batch 1. Both vintages look identical (same label, same wax) save for a slight difference in the appearance of the bottles that is only apparent when you put them next to each other. Both releases are worth seeking out, but the first batch is much better. Fans of Barrel Aged Behemoth will likely enjoy this beer.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.