Sheol | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Base beer for Wooden Hell -
originally brewed by Matt Van Wyk

Added by joe1510 on 01-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of AuntBea
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Side by side with wooden hell

Pours a very pretty amber with yellowed hues. More head then wooden hell. Smells hoppy. Very very hoppy. Much hotter than wooden hell. Im surprised by how hot this is! Mouthfeel is thinner than I would like. Overall pretty darn solid

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours brown with amber edges. A small tan head as well. A prettier beer than Wooden He'll with more orange and amber than yellow.

S. Changes as it warms. Starts off similiar to wh, then proceeds into a bitter herbiness, then the sweetness comes out again.

T. Lots of spice with hoppy bitterness

M. Body doesn't have the slickness of wh, but the carbonation level on par.

D. A good non-ba barleywine. I'd drink this again, but wouldn't go through the pain to get it.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to scubarex for sharing this at our Epic Chicago Tasting. The base beer for Wooden Hell.

A - Red with a little bit of orange, not much head on it. No lacing or real retention, bubbles looked pretty big on it.

S - Mellow, a very subtle smell. Some burnt sugar and candy with a bit of fruit to it as well. This seems to be a fairly sweet smelling brew.

T - I really like this beer quite a bit. Quite sweet, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar. A little bit of bite, almost sour like as you continue to drink it, but I don't think that detracts from the beer at all. A very surprising and good tasting beer.

M - Medium bodied, carbonated, a bit lighter and more effervecent then you would think.

D - Pretty solid on the drinkability scale here, easy to get down, but not quite in the chuggable category.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Russ for bringing this to compare to the Wooden Hell at our tasting...This looks just like WH, a light watery brown not much head to speak off...This takes a huge turn at aroma and taste, while it is nice its now where in the league of WH. Aroma is light dark fruits and caramel. Taste is light woody hops. This is a decent bw, nothing great. Maybe this needs to be drunk on its own and not compared to wh as it is utterly outclassed.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought by scubarex to our Epic Chicago Tasting, thanks Russ! Poured side-by-side with Wooden Hell (thanks again, Russ) into tasting glasses (I've added WH notes as well).

A - Pours a Coke-looking brown, light bubbles as cap on top, no lacing, little retention. Looking just like WH.

S - Sweet burnt sugars, candy notes, brown sugar, dark fruits. Very nice. Not as complex as the WH, but pretty solid here. The barrel notes add another dimension to this beer, IMO.

T - Sweetness, dark fruits, plums, raisins, with a slight bitter finish. I think there's some oxidation going on here as well. I know the bottle was stored in proper conditions (55 degrees) since purchase, so any bottles remaining out there need to be consumed.

M - Medium, dry finish.

D - Good, but not in the same ballpark as WH is at this time. I think it's going downhill but still has a bit of time left. Drink now if you have one.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a snifter. I got this at the DLD party a couple of years ago. The liquid is a dark caramel brown, really nice good carbonation. The head is medium tan, two fingers, fades fast and leaves a small ring and some lace.

the smell is sweet rich maltwith a very nice hoppy finish.

The taste is very good, I love this style, I had the brew when it was green, it was good but I did not think I liked the finish all that much, age has done it well. Big fat dark fruit and sweet black bread malt with toasted caramel nots and a citrus hoppy finish reminds me of a great Christmas bread.

The mouthfeel is good better then medium body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very nice this beer ages well. Prosit, MK

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

So I had this at Dave's place from an old growler and decided not to review it as it was flat. I figured with Matt van Wyck leaving town I'd never get another chance, but then Jay shows up with a two-week old clear growler of the stuff that was unopened and still good!

A - A half finger tan foam that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Dark brown with cherry-red highlights when held up to the light. Not bad at all for an ancient growler of an English barleywine.

S - Toffees, raisins, prune, caramel malts - this one is super sweet. It's very J.W. Lees Harvest in that the alcohol is well-hidden and it's almost dessert-like.

T - Again, very sweet - malty with toffee, dark fruits, caramel, and so on. There's a sour aftertaste the builds as one consumes this brew - it's almost like the wood flavor from barrel-aging, but since this is the non-barrel-aged version (i.e. not Wooden Hell) I'm guessing it's from residual amarillo hops or something. It gets distracting in any case.

M - There's still some nice carbonation tingle, and lots of residual stickiness. Medium-bodied and very smooth, but a little lighter than I anticipated for the style.

D - The aftertaste, high ABV, and sweetness get to me pretty fast - there were five of us and no one seemed really interested in going back for seconds.

Glad I got to try this one again under better conditions.

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Photo of botham
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into a goblet at the brewpub in Flossmoor. pours a chestnut brown with amber highlights with one finger of tan head. good retention and no lacings.

aroma is heavy on the malts, as would be expected, with caramel and crystalized malt notes. a nice profile with a good malt character and rich aroma in the nose.

taste is of rich caramel and sweet crystalized malts along with a backbone of alcohol and a touch of chocolate. very rich and balanced with a very clean finish for a barleywine. finishes with subtle malt and a touch of herbal hops in the aftertaste. nice.

drinkability is good. this is a full bodied brew with a heavy texture and a nice malt richness throughout backed by a warming alcoholic finish. an excellent english barleywine. cheers!

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4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A strong pour only gets a half an inch of deep tan head that fades fast leaving a short crown of lace. Body is a very deep brown with hints of ruby red when held to light. Nose has hints of red wine, hard cherry candy and zesty mahogony almost oak like malts. Enters the mouth very smooth yet layered with dark fruit richness. A crisp toasty malt feel is there and balanced by a nice little hop bite at the back of the tongue. The hops hit at just the right time to balance the over all sweetness of this beer. Mouthfeel is almost electric as the hops ignite on the back of the tongue. Lovely drinkable and unique barleywine.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours brownish cola, some cascading bubbles around the side, not much head.

S - Cooked Dark fruits and alcohol. Reminds me of a Port like aroma.

T -Sweet and malty. Lots of caramel, and the malt presence reminds me of the malt you put in malted milk. Nice balanced finish with hops doing their job but not going over the top.

M - Thick and gooey. Great coating, almost chewy in texture. Carbonation was a little lower than hoped.

D - Even though big and sweet, the after taste is really appealing and begs for another sip. A nice beer for sure.

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Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish cranberry color. Smell was woody, malty and hoppy, but more lightly so than the Wooden Hell Barley Wine they had the same night. Taste was balanced, malt and hops, leaning towards drying hoppiness. Pretty solid beer but not as good as the Wooden Hell.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of citrus and dark fruits soaking in alcohol and toasted caramel.

Taste: Sweetish, citrusy flavor with a taste of toasty caramel and brown sugar. Some dark fruitiness. Pinch of spice. Moderate, earthy hop bitterness. Growing citrus character leads you into the fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A rather pleasant barleywine from Flossmoor Station.

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Photo of tiger88
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the Vintage Barleywine in a goblet last weekend. It was served in a goblet. It poured a hazy mahogony with orange tints. The head stayed around a decent amount of time but left no lacing whatsoever as it drained from the glass. All I can say is it smelled like aged sweetness. Almost like sugary peat. The first thing to hit the tongue is the alcohol presence. After that, it's sweet bread. A light and fluffy mouthfeel coats the tongue and really doesn't let go but it doesn't take away from the overall aged sweetness. It is surprisingly easy to drink. I'm just now getting into barleywines and I'm really glad to have 2 of these in the cellar!

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Photo of Raymond69
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ the station and decided to buy a bottle to review.

Pours with a small head , no lacing. Dark red when held to light.

Slight perfume hop aroma, piny, a little sweet caramel.

Hops dominate the taste initially, nice Malty backbone.

Mouthfeel is thick , somewhat sweet , low in carbonation.

Overall a very nice barely wine. I did seem to enjoy it more on tap, but who wouldn't? Will save the other bottle in the cellar.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite of five drafts sampled at Flossmoor today.

The body was a dark red tone, with glistening orange highlights. Surface was dark underneath, with a ring of offwhite foam surrounding a broken skim across the surface. Head retention was good when swirled a little.

Light hops in the aroma, a spicy, herbal background note. Not especially sweet in the nose.

A rich malty body is punctuated by a residual bitterness towards the end, when the spicy hops become present. Lower carbonation, slightly sweet, with a sticky feel on the lips. The body is balanced and sturdy, but not too heavy or syrupy. A pint is about as much as I could have in a sitting at 8.5%, but it's hidden well.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber in color with a yellowy cream to tan head. Aroma is unique and inviting, some fruitiness, ripe plums, floral and sweet berries and caramel malts, some cinnamon like spice as well, which may actually be some of the hoppiness. Taste follows with some soft fruity sweetness, up front, cotton candy like in texture and flavor, a little peppery hoppiness in the finish and just a hint of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, lo carbonation, just a hint of sticky sweetness, but not too much, just the right amount for a higher gravity beer. Delicious and higky drinkable, the alcohol is extremely balanced, this could probably prove quite dangerous. Thanks to Joe for my first taste of some Flossmoor.

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz Growler
Flossmoor Station

Sheol barleywine pours mahogany and glows as a whole when backlit. Streams of tiny carbonation bubbles rise slowly to the surface. A half finger creamy white head grew upon the pour and eventually faded to a skim coat with a thick ring around the glass. Moderate lacing is left after each sip.

Sheol has a unique aroma. Although this is more of an English style barleywine there is a generous helping of American hops in there. There are definite beginnings of toffee and plum with a touch of Bing cherries and brown sugar. The hops show up on the backend a touch of citrus and faint pine.

Flavor is pretty well spot on with what I encountered in the aroma. The only addition to the flavor is a layer of caramel that adds a bit more complexity. There's some alcohol spiciness on the finish. All the separate flavors seem to mesh together very well creating a good barleywine.

The body is on the lighter side of heavy. Creamy and rich mouthfeel coats the back of the tongue. The 8.5% abv gives off a little warmth in the chest.

This is a pretty easy drinker for such a big abv. The smoothness combined with the unique flavor profile make for an enjoyable sipper.

This is a good English style barleywine from the guys at Flossmoor. I've sampled the barrel aged version of this before and this is a totally different beast. Has the sweetness up front but plenty of hoppiness to round everything out.

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Sheol from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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