Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Barrel Aged ThunderSnow - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

Not Rated.
Barrel Aged ThunderSnowBarrel Aged ThunderSnow

Educational use only; do not reuse.
no score

Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 9
Hads: 77
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Russian Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 9 | Hads: 77
Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.39/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I had this on tap at the pre-Dark Lord party, so I bought a few bottles and aged them. I thought the beer was decent when I had it on tap, but something is very wrong with the bottle version.

Appearance - The most appropriate part of the beer was the appearance. Brownish-black with a vey modest head was the appearance. Did I mention that I needed a chisel to get the wax off the bottle?

Smell - I first I noticed the bourbon, but then it was not quite bourbon. There was something lime-like about the aroma.

Taste - The booze came to the front with some chocolate and coffee, but then there was this intolerable lime taste. What the hell happened to this once good beer. I could not continue. It was a dumper.

Mouthfeel - It had the thickness of a stout, but not the taste.

Overall - I had this on tap and thought it was pretty good. I don't know what happened to the bottle. And I still have another bottle.

 916 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of jeonseh
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Release

A - Dark black coffee with a small cocoa colored head 3

S - Vanilla, burnt malt, dark chocolate and anise

T - Roasted chocolate and lots of anise up front. There is a heavy barrel presence that comes throught that gives it a slight bourbony sweetness. There are also plums and other
dark fruits. The finish is where the beer starts to lose me as it is very bitter from roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors

M - Medium body with light sweetness. The finish is a bitter astringency. You also get some warming presence from the booze.

O - A really roasted and dark chocolate dominated RIS that is too bitter in the finish for me to really enjoy it.

 671 characters

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of incubuscience
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle. White Wax.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of mocha-brown head.

S - Chocolate fudge, charred oak and lighter bourbon and vanilla aromas with just a touch of roast coming through.

T - A huge charred oak presence dominates throughout and is complimented by a big roast profile, espresso and a piney hop flavour. An ashy flavour that is not off-putting at all, but is defintiely present. Not much bourbon or vanilla at all.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - There was a little too much oak in this one without the complimentary bourbon and vanilla notes that I expect from bourbon barrel again.

 656 characters

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of yamar68
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to sleuthdog for hooking me up with this bottle!

Pitch black with a creamy thin beige head that retains well, leaving thick lace and clouds of beading beneath, subtle booze legging.

Charred milk chocolate aromas with vanilla and cinnamon (?). Some nutty brown ale notes, mild fruit character, marshmallow or something like that. Not your typical BA imperial stout in this regard. Smells nice.

The first thing I notice is the mouthfeel... perfect creaminess that provides a great platform for the rest of the beer. S'mores, milk chocolate, very mellow bourbon, honey... I can see why this beer would receive a mixed set of ratings. It's rather unusual but, personally, I really dig it. Perfect consistency with a wide range of unexpectedly mild flavors.

I wish I had another one of these. Thanks Jon!!

 817 characters

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of injuredreserve
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of eorwar
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ronn
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Drucifer
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Cvescalante
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of GrapesofWrath
4.54/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The pour results in a dark brown/black oil slick with tan foam and light lacing.

The nose imparts a lot of oak, mixed with toffee, alcohol phenols, caramel, roast, and slight char.

The taste mirrors the nose with an emphasis on the bourbon and toffee.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of what I prefer, but it sits well and keeps this very drinkable.

Overall, No single part is overwhelmingly fantastic, but when combined in the whole- this is truly a great beer. Very enjoyable.

 481 characters

Photo of hopswap1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of MaseFace
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of powz87
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Barrel Aged ThunderSnow from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.