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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 Rifugium:
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

03-24-2013 21:50:06 | More by Rifugium
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dogfishandi

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-28-2013 00:49:50 | More by dogfishandi
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jeonseh

Indiana

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.

03-19-2013 02:51:37 | More by jeonseh
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

09-08-2013 02:09:43 | More by acurtis
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-24-2013 01:12:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

06-28-2014 12:41:57 | More by GRG1313
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incubuscience

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-17-2013 17:53:31 | More by incubuscience
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emerge077

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

04-29-2013 18:43:32 | More by emerge077
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coffygrinder

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

05-08-2013 15:29:37 | More by coffygrinder
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Preismj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-01-2013 20:49:47 | More by Preismj
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

03-01-2013 22:36:24 | More by enelson
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jegross2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-21-2013 20:28:43 | More by jegross2
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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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Prager62

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-13-2014 19:22:19 | More by Prager62
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-17-2013 23:15:54 | More by Etan
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-21-2014 18:00:07 | More by Drucifer
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-28-2013 02:18:27 | More by Hophead717
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aasher

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

08-04-2013 13:34:36 | More by aasher
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ravot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-29-2013 21:40:18 | More by ravot
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xtrastoutalex

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-04-2013 22:43:25 | More by xtrastoutalex
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-23-2013 05:39:22 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-19-2014 21:16:39 | More by funkyaudio
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foobula

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

05-15-2014 05:51:20 | More by foobula
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-11-2013 19:08:29 | More by sweemzander
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powz87

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-11-2013 18:29:09 | More by powz87
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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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