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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 99
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 20%
Wants: 53
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Treebs on 03-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

American Barleywine aged in old Woodford Reserve barrels.
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 99
Reviews by Jeffo:
Photo of Jeffo
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle poured dark but clear red-brown with a decent head.
Very rich flavor with moderately strong input from the barrel aging.
Feel, aroma and flavor are all a bit boozy but it's not hot and the malts are able to contribute.
Full, syrupy body.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of incubuscience
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Draft at GTMW '13: A bit more melded and mellowed, super rich and sweet but a little more drinkable than the bottle.

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Preismj
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.12/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Prager62
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of KevSal
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to antipation for this bad boy, was going to save it for playoffs, but ive been saving too much stuff, lets drink this guy!

22oz into a wine glass

a-dark brown with a slight head. looks just right for a big bwine

s- slight oxidation, vanilla heavy barrel, dark fruit, slight

t- boom this is paked with flavor. feels huge and heavy with zero heat. this is very well done. Barrel is nicely done. oxidation adds nice touch

m- huge body with absolute no alch burn, very impressive. not as massive as aaron but thick.

o- fantastic brew! not like hi fi much more like arctic devil without an alch bite. right up my alley, would love to try it again. id recomend to open it soon before the oxidation slowly takes over

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of ravot
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of xtrastoutalex
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't remember who gave this to me, might be from the person who tried to screw me over, and screwed a bunch of people over on trades, but later found the courage to send stuff out... but don't remember. Shared with rudzud and kyle.

Pretty much no head, semi clear but dark toasty iced tea brown color.

Nose brings a nice barleywine like sweet but aged soft nicely boiled malts, candy malts, caramel, toffee, nice mild smoke, a little oxidation, hint fudgey chewy fudge and brownie, mild vanilla oak barrel and touch of bourbon whisky.

Taste is semi sweet, with lots of nice aged soft malts, creamy soft brown malts, toffee, some smoke and campfire notes, with a fudgey brownie cocoa, and a little booze. Then big bitter piney spicy hops surprisingly. Mild bourbon notes, little barrel note. Finish is semi sweet not really syrupy, nice bitter earthy spicy hops, mild booze, nice caramel toffee soft aged malt candy, aged little bourbon barrel note.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice softness, light carb, little booze.

Overall pretty nice, hint of oxidation, just a bit of smoke and bourbon barrel is light, but great aged malt and barleywine characters, even hops stayed nicely.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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