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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 57
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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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.06/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 17:22:03 | More by jmarsh123
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aasher

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

08-04-2013 13:34:36 | More by aasher
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

10-15-2013 14:13:11 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

08-25-2013 07:06:32 | More by drewone
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FullObs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-23-2013 00:28:38 | More by FullObs
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

06-28-2014 12:41:57 | More by GRG1313
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-23-2013 00:49:04 | More by Duff27
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emerge077

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-01-2013 22:36:24 | More by enelson
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Prager62

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-22-2014 22:44:04 | More by HipHopsHooray
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-18-2013 02:21:29 | More by kjkinsey
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-11-2013 01:48:08 | More by Stevedore
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

A- pours a dark copper with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- brown sugar, caramel, plum and dark fruits, vanilla.

T- brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, light bourbon, and vanilla.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Smooths out as it warms with some syrupy feel.

O- good BA Barleywine. A little sweet but has nice dark fruit notes to complement.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:12:28 | More by kawilliams81
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wyatt13

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-18-2013 03:40:41 | More by wyatt13
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-08-2013 02:11:55 | More by djrn2
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-28-2013 19:15:37 | More by ThePorterSorter
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-23-2013 00:27:08 | More by egrace84
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Roger85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-18-2013 17:27:19 | More by Roger85
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-23-2013 21:30:29 | More by Sparky44
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-05-2013 19:35:53 | More by imperialking
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby copper color along with a frothy tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind slight lacing throughout. Aromas offer a plethora of flavors offering mellow oak, vanilla, dried fruit and plums along with gentle orange peel, toffee, caramel, carmelized and toasty malts. The flavors show vanilla, wet oak, some bourbon, dried fruit, caramel, and that distinct Woodford Reserve toasty coconut is present as well. Sticky mouthfeel and that toasty, gentle dryness, spice, mellow barrel, and a touch of body lingers on around the finish. Overall, a real nice and complex barleywine aged in one of my favorite bourbon brands.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:13:42 | More by CuriousMonk
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Treebs

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at the release. Served in a goblet.

A: Pours a murky brown color with some light ruby highlights. A thin khaki head forms on the pour and recedes slowly to a minimal ring. Some splotchy lace.

S: Bourbon sweetness with some oak and smooth caramel. A little spice with some sweet malts, light hops and dark fruit.

T: The taste was much more complex than the nose. Boozy with notes of chocolate and rum raisins. Mild hop bite with some mellow spice. Light bourbon notes with some vanilla and oak. Dark fruits, figs, with some caramel notes as well.

M: Medium plus bodied with a slight chew to it. Nice medium carbonation level with a sweet finish.

O: This was really delicious, especially as it warmed up. We opened up a Batch 2 BA Hi-Fi Rye before this and the Fireside Chat was better fresh than the BA Hi-Fi was last year. This was slightly on the muddled side, but some time in the bottle will definitely do wonders and I'm excited to see what comes of it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 02:45:49 | More by Treebs
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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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