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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 58
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
American Barleywine aged in old Woodford Reserve barrels.

(Beer added by: Treebs on 03-01-2013)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Got this one from jbeatty and cpferris. Cheers guys!

From a bomber into a snifter
American barleywine aged in Woodford bourbon barrels for 5 months

APPEARANCE: Pours a ½ finger, looser, slightly crackly, off-white or china pure beige head with decent retention. Head fades to a half swirly wisp and ring. Deep mahogany red in color, clear, with medium levels of carbonation for the style. A faint ring and swirly wisp remain but leave no lacing down the glass. Head a little sub-par, but the body and wisp are attractive.

SMELL: Really nice. Bold nose of caramel and toffee, dried fruits, light citrus hops and some well measured bourbon barrel. Oak, coconut and sweet vanilla cream mesh well with the base beer. Really good.

TASTE: Outstanding. Caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Dried fruits with dark, fruity sweetness as well. The finish is big and lingering with more caramel, butterscotch sweetness and some bitter, citrus hops balancing the bourbon barrels. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut with a touch of spicy alcohol lingering on the palate. Really flavorful and very well balanced; the barrel is great but the base beer is very complex and interesting as well. Plenty of malty, fruity sweetness, piney or citrus bitterness, alcohol and sweet, layered bourbon barrels. Excellent.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium-low levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, lots of weight, goes down smooth with a delayed burn after the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers. Full, velvety smooth and creamy with just the right amount of measured heat. Great stuff.

OVERALL: This was awesome. Based on the reviews here I wasn't expecting this to be that good. Only the head on this one could reasonably be improved, while the rest of the experience is unreal. The complexity and balance of flavor is top notch and the nose and feel bring the whole package together. One of the best in the style for sure. Thanks again for the bottles gents. Definitely something I'd like to drink more of.

01-23-2014 15:20:11 | More by Jeffo
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04-28-2013 00:49:50 | More by dogfishandi
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4.43/5  rDev +4%

Bottle in a snifter

A - Dark walnut brown with no head but small wisps of foam. Thick and coats the glass

S - Vanilla, caramel with lots of malty goodness with a light breadlines. You pickup a slight booze and oak presence from the barrel as well

T - Brown sugar and vanilla hits up front. This sweetness helps coat the tongue before a slight bitterness and dark fruit hits the tongue. The finish is bourbon and oak from the barrel.

M - Medium yet syrupy body that coats the tongue yet remains it easy to drink

O - This is a great and complex BW from Flossmoor that is loaded with vanilla and caramel sweetness balanced against the slight hoppy bitterness for the American BW style. They also manage to get a nice barrel presence as well.

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Quick review from written notes, thanks to Justin for sharing!

Two separate pours into a rounded tumbler glass. Color was a tawny reddish orange with fine clarity, some spotty foam that clung to the sides of the glass.

Rich and sweet aroma, brown sugar and whiskey, dried fruits.

Boozy and sweet with flavors of bourbon, caramel malts and trace molasses. Viscous and sticky on the lips, it's just short of cloying. Potent in small doses and best shared. Didn't seem especially complex or nuanced, not bad at all, just not a favorite.

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3.06/5  rDev -28.2%

Pours rusty brown with some reddish hue near the edges. Small beige head quickly recedes. A touch of lacing.

Smells like a bourbon soaked raisin. Lots of caramel in the aroma as well along with some winter spices.

The nose is slightly sweet, but nothing compared to the flavor. Boozy raisin is present in a big way. Lots of caramel notes and other dark fruits overpower the nuances of the barrel. Light spiciness along with a touch of alcohol burn near the end.

Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very chewy. Mouthfeel was the only reason I could finish my pour. Brought everything up a notch.

Was really looking forward to this and ended up disappointed. Is it bad? No, but considering barreled barleywines are among my favorite style I certainly expected much more so style specific it grades out lower. The barrel presence is kind of muddled and the flavors really don't seem to gel properly. By the time it warmed up the sweetness was too much limiting drinkability.

04-09-2013 17:22:03 | More by jmarsh123
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Reddish-brown pour, cloudy, with a thin tan head that receded to a bubbly ringlet. Nose was malt-dominant, bready, caramelly, lesser notes of vanilla, raisins, barrel. More of this in the taste, caramel malts, run raisin, vanilla/bourbon/oak profile, but not too sweet or intense, allowing some subtle leafy and earthy hop notes in. Body was edging towards the fuller side of medium, but never quite got there, chewy, but not quite as rich or full as some of the other barleywines that were consumed side-by-side with this one...e.g. MoAS, King Henry, BarBar. Still a good beer overall, and I was glad to have tried it.

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I believe this was purchased in early 2013. After boring through the wax and popping the cap, some rust around the cap edges and some dark spots under the cap seal. Otherwise seal is intact. I wiped the rust off the mouth of the bottle with a wet paper towel.

Appearance is reddish-brown & opaque with some white bubbles on top. Smell is bourbony sweet, some booze, reminiscent of another well-known Flossmoor beer, BA Hi-Fi Rye. After warming to room temp, the smell takes on a citrusy quality. More on that later.

Taste is quite sweet up-front -- berry and brown sugar-like. There's some acidity on the sides, some bitterness & booze in the back. But bourbony throughout. There's a mix of sweet and bitter that plays fairly well, if a little harsh. However as it warms toward room temp I get an nice orange quality. It actually reminds me of Grand Marnier: sweet, sugary, a little puckering. Mouthfeel is on the thicker end of medium, maybe just a little syrupy.

It's a big old beer and once I started thinking of it as a liqueur, I really got into it. The barrel component is nice. The bitterness is a bit much when cold but the sweetness takes charge when warm. Take your time with it and you'll be rewarded. Can't wait to enjoy another sometime.

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