Wooden Hell
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
Barleywine - English
Ranked #12
Ranked #447
4.43 | pDev: 9.48%
Jan 07, 2021
Apr 29, 2007
Wooden HellWooden Hell
Notes: GABF 2006 Strong Barrel Aged Bronze, Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Barleywine
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4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

2019 version Pours a deep ruby brown color with a light tan head that lingers and leaves some finger lacing.

The smell is dark fruits, caramel, oak, and a hint of bourbon.

The taste is loaded with dark fruits, especially raisin and lots of oak with a hint of bourbon. The flavor is very bright and slightly tart. No real hint of booziness. I'm not sure if this beer is supposed to be this tart. It's not bad, but the taste is a bit unusual and not matching other reviews.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected but not thin. Low/medium carbonation with a silky feel.

Overall this is bright and fruity but a slow sipper. Edit: The more I drink the more I'm concerned this has not held up over time. The tartness is too prominent and it doesn't match with the other reviews.

Jan 07, 2021
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Dec 01, 2020
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on Sep 26, 2020
5 by TheWyatt from California on Mar 22, 2020
5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 18, 2020
4.63 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Dec 07, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a murky dark brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells pretty boozy and woody, with some bittersweet caramel, smoe, toffee, and dark fruits.

This tastes better than it smells for sure. There's definitely a lot of barrel here. There's spicy oak and caramel/leathery/boozy bourbon. There's toasted dark breadiness, caramel, and toffee for sure, with a touch of dark fruitiness.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly lingering bitterness. It's definitely a slow sipper.

This is certainly an old school barleywine, and it's definitely burly and not for the faint of heart. I like it.

Oct 27, 2019
4.1 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Sep 29, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by egrandfield from Massachusetts

Smells like scotch on an open pine fire. Smells stronger than it tastes. Super sweet and lush with only a little after burn. Very very very good. Would have again.

Jun 10, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

I'm going to be low dev here but here goes:
22oz 2018 bottle poured into a skull glass shows a dirty orangish-brown body and supports nary a cap. I won't knock it for no lacing due to the oddly shaped vessel as well as the barrel and style.

Aromas wafting from the glass include dried fruits, stone fruits, vanilla, molasses, oak, and spices and the flavors match, but sweeter that I prefer.

Mouthfeel is full and almost creamy.

Overall a pleasant barrel aged barleywine, if too sweet.

Mar 24, 2019
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Mar 23, 2019
4.16 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Feb 07, 2019
4.22 by Bum4ever from California on Jan 31, 2019
4.18 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Dec 28, 2018
3.95 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Nov 19, 2018
4.16 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Nov 18, 2018
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Oct 01, 2018
4.08 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 25, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

7100th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours hazy dark ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, peach, plum, apricot, fig, orange, grapefruit, pear, pineapple, red apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity yeast, citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, peach, plum, apricot, fig, orange, grapefruit, pear, pineapple, red apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light pine, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, peach, apricot, orange, grapefruit, pear, pineapple, red apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, brown bread, light leather/tobacco, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Lightly increasing warmth of 10%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged barleywine! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV; with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Incredible balance of fruity yeast, Classic C hops, and rich dark/bready malts; with perfect barrel integration. Not overly boozy, tannic, or drying. The Woodford Reserve complexity was off the charts. Huge presence of coconut, vanilla, toffee, and cream notes. Definitely lives up to the hype. Feels like more of an American/English hybrid than true English. A really amazing offering, and spot on style example.

Aug 04, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Reviewed 2017 vintage

Appearance - The beer poured a fuzzy copper color with an off white head.

Smell - The nose was all barleywine with with a hint of booze.

Taste - All os chatacteristics of a barleywine were here. Initally, this was said to be hot. But after a year in my cellar, this is well balanced. Initially, there were notes of caramel. There was a nice nutty presence. The finish faded too quickly.

Mouthfeel - The caramel sticks nicely with modest carbonation.

Overall - Flossmoor did well with this one.

Jul 30, 2018
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4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Docrock from Illinois

On tap at Flossmor Station. Served in a snifter, 2018 vintage:

A: medium dark color with very feint head. Nice sticky lacing

S: as it was served cold (tap temp) there was very little aromatics present other than a bit of date and an unusual presence of hop notes for an English Barleywine. As it warmed a nice bouquet of the bourbon and ripe figs began to emerge. Much more enjoyable whenit warmed up.

T: the hop profile was a bit distarcting for a professed English Barleywine, but as it warmed the Warmth and bourbon merged nicely with dates, figs a bit of caramel.

M: smooth and not overpowering, a bit creamy. Abv not as high as most other BA Eng. Barleywines and it was easily drinkable, doesnt need to be a sipper like others.

O: an enjoyable beer. Seems to me to between styles ( American and English Barleywines ). In that arena its very good. In comparison with other BA Eng Barleywines, its in the second or third tie.

Jul 29, 2018
4.5 by SteveTheBrit from Illinois on Jul 24, 2018
3.42 by M_chav from New Mexico on Jun 18, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Thanks to TwistofKane for this black waxed 22 oz. bottle, which set a personal best for resting on my wants list for 9 years. Since it’s about 100 degrees out, seems like the perfect time to down a big bomber.

The pour is dark amber; I half expect to see a Triassic mosquito suspended in it. The nose is lighter than expected, with a touch of caramel, brown sugar, leather, with a whiff of spices. Not bad.

Wooden Hell is like a caramel enema jammed into your taste buds. Caramel & toffee come at my mouth organ in waves, & I take a while to enjoy the sensation before getting in past my knees. Burnt sugar, bourbon that leans heavy on the wood, sherry that reeks of impending oxidation, spiciness that makes me wonder if rye barrels were involved. More booze than seems reasonable for the ABV. Hits the sweet spot of barleywine mouthfeel; I’m going to enjoy drinking this entire monster bottle in one sitting.

Doesn’t live up to its legendary status but really, what does? Glad I drank this now, as I suspect oxidation is going to be a serious problem in the near future, but for the moment, it just added some interest & depth. Still an excellent brew.

Jun 16, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

2018 release enjoyed fresh. Pours a rich burgundy with half finger of head and a smidgen of lingering lace. Smells less like Woodford Reserve and more like a Stagg, with a lot of oak, green tobacco, and leather mingling with brown sugar and caramel. Very well balanced flavors, with a mix of sweetness, floral hops, and barrel. Prominent oak and hop bitterness at the end lead to a dry, restrained finish. A lot of wood, spice, and intensity of flavor for a 10% ABV barleywine aged under a year.

May 22, 2018
5 by Snowdog from Ohio on May 02, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Light brown appearance with minimal head. Aroma is a pleasant caramel and barley. Taste is a slightly sweet caramel that is very smooth. A little thin.

Apr 30, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle at barley wine share. Amber pour, small ring of beige head. Super sweet aroma, malty, vanilla, caramel. Taste too assaults with some sweetness, caramel malts, dark pit fruit, boozy heat.

Apr 02, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by kevanb from Illinois

650ml bottle, 2017 release, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice dark brown color, burgundy hues, thick but with a bit of clarity and frothy bone colored head that has about a finger of height with moderate retention and yields tons of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, strong barrel character, tons of bourbon, super smooth and with lots of oak, caramel, spice, brown sugar, toffee, rich nougat, strong amber and dark grains, stone fruits and a bit of cinnamon as well. The flavors are very good, strong bourbon character, nice oak barrel, charred wood with strong caramel and spice, nougat, brown sugar, rich grains with candied hops, light pine and a lingering fusel alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is solid, thick medium body, coating and creamy, rich and smooth with a lightly carbonated finish that is very warm and dry.

Verdict: A very good barrel aged barleywine, easy to see why this had a lot of hype and hysteria around it for years. Nice balance, great rich flavors, perhaps a bit on the hoppy side for an English Barleywine, but still very enjoyable and quite drinkable at 9.1% ABV.

Mar 08, 2018
4.11 by StoutSnob40 from California on Feb 25, 2018
4.25 by Skellbop from New York on Feb 12, 2018
4.28 by jaydoc from Kansas on Feb 05, 2018
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3.3/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

L: pours medium thickness, light brown with a finger of off white head
S: lots of hops...grrr
T: slight caramel sweetness but quickly get over powered by bitter hops. Slight to medium barrel presence, but then hops over power everything.
F: thinner than it looks.
O: too many hops

Jan 29, 2018
3.88 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Jan 01, 2018
4.19 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 31, 2017
4.49 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2017
4.09 by fthegiants from California on Dec 15, 2017
4 by Kurmaraja from California on Dec 14, 2017
4.34 by Jkolls from Ohio on Dec 14, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Furlinator from California

Version 2.0. 2017.
Lots of caramel malt, dates, bourbon and hop bitterness on the finish.

Nov 21, 2017
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