Wooden Hell (Private Reserve)
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
English Barleywine
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4.13 | pDev: 6.54%
Jul 18, 2019
Dec 25, 2017
Notes: Brewmaster Ryan Czaja collaborated with former Flossmoor Brewmaster and Wooden Hell founder Matt Van Wyk to brew Wooden Hell last year, the first time since 2006. More than 80% of the batch, which was barrel aged for 9 months, was released during Pre-Dark Lord Day in May. The remainder has been aging further in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels.
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2018 Vintage

Pours the deepest brown body accented with ruby highlights when held to light; a pillowy, almost creamy light khaki head recedes slowly, yielding webs of foamy lacing, a frothy collar, and a light veil of a cap.

Aroma opens with a stiff wood presence accompanied by red licorice, dark fruits, and a noticeable hop presence giving way to touches of stone fruits (a subtle peach and apricot); bourbon tones in the backdrop inviting secondary notes of vanilla and toffee for depth.

Taste shows boozy dark fruits coupled with a toned-down bourbon/pine combo upfront; semi-sweet and smoky caramel develop through the mid-palate, while further details of oak, dark baker’s chocolate, and barley spice round out the finish.

Mouthfeel produces a dense medium body, well-carbonated to develop a slightly drying, creamy fluff on the palate; a minor grittiness is welcoming as the finish develops with a slightly boozy, somewhat sticky jolt.

A solid sipper with hops invited into the fold as much (if not more) than the sweeter bourbon tones; pleasantly boozy but a bit lighter on the barrel, the dark fruits in this one shine, but don’t quite provide enough depth on their own to bring this one to the next level.
Jul 18, 2019
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Big thanks to bstyle for this
22 oz bottle, 2018, poured into a snifter

A- A dark brown with a two finger light tan head.

S- Bourbon, toffee, caramel, figs, some dark fruits, oak, a little earthy, hints of vanilla.

T- Bourbon, toffee, figs, some caramel, vanilla, oak, fairly earthy, dark fruits, some cherries.

M- Silky smooth, medium to full body, carbonation is a touch on the light side, but it works perfectly.

O- Incredibly smooth and balanced. This is a world class barelywine, definitely worth seeking out.
Jun 03, 2019
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Reviewed by joe1510 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Flossmoor Station

2018 Vintage

Wooden Hell Private Reserve looks like what a barleywine ought to look like. It's the darkest of browns with with ruby highlights around the perimeter of the glass when directly backlit. The khaki foam is surprisingly silky, robust, and long lasting for such a big beer. It's Two fingers on the pour and falls to a sturdy cap after about 5 minutes in the glass leaving sticky sheet lacing on its way. This beer looks great.

The nose is rich and dense but well balanced. Soda bread and toffee make for a robust malt base. raisins and dates come around behind that malt backbone along with a little bread pudding. The hop profile brings with it a dose of spice that intermingles with the spice from the barrel. Caramel, cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla are also present from the barrel and in perfectly balanced amounts. This is complex and mouthwatering.

The flavor opens up even more than the nose. Toffee and bread pudding make up the majority of the malt base while the golden raisins and dates come through in the middle. The hops, again, are a little spicy and bring about a tea leaf like quality. The barrel presence is perfectly integrated with a wash of caramel before baking spices linger on the finish. An undercurrent of vanilla and raw oak mind the background. This beer is well polished.

The body is built for royalty. It's sits squarely between moderate and heavy with a surprisingly velvety plushness. It's soft and inviting though carrying weight. There's a soft hoppy bitterness, a touch of lingering sweetness, and a modicum of boozy dryness that cleans up any stickiness. It's superbly easy drinking and perfect for a cold Winter night.

Wooden Hell Private Reserve is a delicious, well handled barleywine from over at Flossmoor Station. The barrel aging is extremely well done.And the barleywine that's put into those barrels is well crafted with good depth. Don't sleep on these guys.
Jan 21, 2019
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown bodied beer with thin cap. Smells of oak, bourbon, and caramel. Flavors present include oak, bourbon, rich caramel, and hint of toffee. Also noting a decent bitter hop bit on the backend of the beer and transitioning into the finish. Body is medium and adequately carbonated. Slight booze sting as well. Overall: I would say this is more of an American barleywine than an English barleywine based on the hoppy finish. This beer will be an excellant cellar bottle. I think that 3 to 5 years will make this barrel aged barleywine a rich and sweet caramel bomb.
Aug 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Mostly hazy vibrant ruby-brown lacquer with a fuzzy light tan collar.

Welp, the aroma sure is woody, but it's also pungent of sweaty peach and cedary yet ruggy hop residue.

Taste is tangy, sweet grape through a smooth, round body with a firm fizz that brings forth caramel, brandy and white oak. Vanilla and red licorice emerge as it warms to a lightly sticky, semi-dry finish.
May 23, 2018
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
650 mL bottle. Clear amber body. Smells a little fruity. Brown sugar. Bourbon. Tastes very boozy. Strong bourbon. Caramel. Oak. A little oxidation and accompanying bitterness. Heavy and boozy. Quite good, you know, for a barleywine.
Mar 23, 2018
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Dec 25, 2017
Wooden Hell (Private Reserve) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 9 ratings