Wooden Hell | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
flossmoorstation.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
GABF 2006 Strong Barrel Aged Bronze, Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Barleywine

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#383
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
221
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
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583
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Photo of Dharmelink
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bum4ever
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gambyt20
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Docrock
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SteveTheBrit
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
3.42/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of darktronica
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Snowdog
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.3/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Wooden Hell from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 221 ratings