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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: 59
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:
American Barleywine aged in old Woodford Reserve barrels.

(Beer added by: Treebs on 03-01-2013)
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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, citrus zest, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a really nice bourbon barrel aged presence all around.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

djrn2, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

acurtis, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to Todd for grabbing this one. Served in a snifter at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Transparent dark brown body.

S - Big vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, caramel, red fruits, and light traces of oak and bourbon. Quite sweet and quite appealing, albeit a tad mono-dimensional. Very evocative of Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye.

T - Again, fairly sweet, with loads of caramel brown sugar, vanilla, and nebulous fruity notes. Oak and bourbon provide some tangy balance in the finish, keeping things out of the cloying realm.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with a sticky, chewy texture, and pleasant lower moderate carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth, but nothing untoward for 11.1%.

D - This was a very good barrel-aged barleywine on all fronts. I would happily drink this again and hope that Flossmoor (or Nick at GI-Clybourn) remakes this in some manner. Could use perhaps a tad more bourbon presence and already seems pretty mellow after only 6 months, so may not stand the test of time, but very good at the moment.

MasterSki, Aug 29, 2013
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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.

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

beernads, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

imperialking, Mar 05, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +7%

A: Poured a deep brownish color with some crimson highlights, dirty white cap sits afloat. The head retention was moderately good and some light lacing

S: Very aromatic. The beer provides the scents of oak, rich caramel, similar to a caramello candy bar with some rich milk chocolate. Some subtle darker fruits way in the back

T: Initially I get a nice blend of great flavors. A dark fruit melody blended with a whiskey dipped caramel candy bar. A lit bit of vanilla underneath. The bourbon is hidden and blended well into the body of the beer. The finish is warming, decadent, sweet with lots of flavor

M: Medium-full bodied, low-medium carbonation, sweet feel on the mouth, decadent, coating and delightful.

O: This was excellent. I thought the blending of flavors on this beer was amazing. Not one flavor dominated. The body was great, carbonation was great...this beer was great! Thanks Libbey!

barleywinefiend, Sep 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

drewone, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

drummermattie02, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Duff27, May 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

aasher, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

sweemzander, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

enelson, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Clear deep persimmon body with a thin ring of tan froth on top. Lovely color, but nothing special overall.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted oak, spicy alcohol, and dark fruits. Big, bold, and enticing.

T: Emphasis is on the toffee sweetness and bourbony oak. Vanilla, treacle, and oak. Chewy marzipan and raisin finish. Warmth with no burn on the aftertaste. Very tasty.

M: Cream, full body. Luscious.

O: Great beer, and by far the best of the three barrel-aged offerings I got to try during my visit to Flossmoor; this one blew BA Finlaggin and BA ThunderSnow out of the water, and I was terribly disappointed to find that they weren't filling growlers.


woosterbill, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BMart, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jspriest, Sep 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Hanzo, Jun 17, 2013
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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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