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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of KevSal
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of foobula
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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