Hi-Fi Rye | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 58% rye malt and caraway seed. "Rye Barleywine".

Added by beertooth on 03-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
130
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 130
Reviews by klipper:
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Barely a thin film of a cap sits atop the mahogany colored liquid and it fades rather quickly; there is not much lacing but there is a tremendous amount of viscous liquid on the side of the chalice

Smell: Rye bread and caramel with a hint of pith

Taste: The caramel stakes a claim at the outset but the rye and caraway spiciness adds its character very quickly and dominates through mid-palate, with just a hint of pithy hops adding a bitter dimension; after the swallow, the rye, caraway, caramel and hops converge to provide an incredibly well-balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation; although it is close to syrupy, I rather like the feel

Drinkability: A really nice barleywine with a noticeable difference both in the rye and caraway flavors as well as the mouthfeel

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Photo of Tbone
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

O.K.
I.m about to gush in a way that smacks of unreasonableness and bias. The simple fact is that from my first taste back before it was officially released, through 5 shared bottles, and to my glass tonight (4 months later) this was & is among my top 5 all time beers out of the 5000 different craft brews I have tried over 20 years, fresh from the source in 15 countries. I say that to give credibility to this beer, not as a braggart (it just means I'm and old drunk who likes variety).

It pours a deep, dark crimson that barely shows its red hues when held directly against light. The head is a thick, soft, off-white cream that hold for some time and foreshadows to perfect mouthfeel to come. A pleasant lacing clings to the glass for the the duration of consumption.

The smell is subtle but complex, with notes of toasted marshmallow, and a caraway accented spice note that is reminds me of many Belgian ales. The taste has these same qualities combined with molasses and a bitter bite from the caraway. There is also a fruitiness that bolsters the Belgian character (this Belgian character is more pronounced now with aging). It is deeply malty with a more pronounced rye flavor than any beer I've had (makes sense at 68% rye malt).
There is no distinct hop note, but the overall complexity is clearly impacted by the hops that blend into the other dimensions of the palate. It's more of an English Barleywine in that way.
The mouthfeel is simply perfect for the style. Its carbonation is creamy and its medium-heavy on the tongue but not sugary and syrupy in a way that sticks around afterwards. I'm big on texture and mouthfeel and this is as good as it gets for rich, dark brew.

This is not an aggressive beer, but its full of enough subtle flavors that you have to mediate on it to fully appreciate it. This isn't the kind of beer that will have universal appeal in the beer geek world, but everything about this beer just rubs me the right way.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the bourbon-barrel version.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of spicy rye and caraway notes, as well as some biscuit malt and some toffee. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

The flavor is full of rye, along with some sweet brown sugar notes. I also get some toffee malt as well as some alcohol. Easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Vintage 2011. Dark caramel pour with a thin tan head. Notes of caramel, cherries, spice, dried fruit, sweet coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, light carbonation and a sticky sweet finish.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with beige wax poured into a sampler.

Pours a hazy golden color with no head but a ton of lacing. Nose is sweet and bitter with a lot of earthy rye.

Taste is sharp and earthy, bitter, and a lot of rye which I love. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, nice sharp finish. Very good.

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Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of nkersten
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler. Reddish brown with burnt orange at the edges and an off white head good retention. Lots of rye in the smell, some sweet barley, caramel, toffee, strange smell of rice, some spicy hops. Taste is very sweet caramel, some spicy rye, raisins, figs, and dark fruit. Caraway pops out at the end and lends an interesting flavor. Mouthfeel has a heavy body and very light carbonation, finishes with a bit of alcohol. Not an amazing beer, but solid.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from a waxed and capped bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin light caramel head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy caramel color. Lacing is spotty and spare with little stick. Thick legs. Average given the style.

Caramel, brown sugar, golden raisins and toffee. Some astringent hoppiness hiding in the background. Moderately aromatic and sweet. Nice subtlety.

Opens caramel and brown sugar. Some toffee with raisin stem bitterness towards the middle. More brown sugar and caramel sweetness in the middle with a boozy end. Finishes brown sugar graininess with a bit of a boozy aftertaste. Solid.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and super silky in the mouth and goes down with a bit of booziness. Finish is accented with a warm, softer, lingering aftertaste. Superb.

A really solid surprise here. Could use a little more sweetness in the taste but the feel is amazing and even with a little over a year on it, this still has tons of aging potential. Can't wait to try the BA version.

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Photo of beertooth
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ben(madorb) popped open a bottle at the release today. It was poured into taster glasses and shared with Wil(wilwfu) and Susie(brewsie).

Pours a very viscous and syrupy maple colored liquid with a thin light khaki collar.

The nose is made up of sweet, doughy malts, spicy rye, black licorice, caramel, vanilla. It reminds me of a nicely aged barleywine, but without the oxidization.

The taste follows the nose closely. Sweet caramel, rye, slight hop bite, black candies, vanilla, It's straight forward and solid. It really tastes like a nicely aged barleywine. It finishes sticky and dry, but goes down smoothly. The ABV is impossible to detect.

The mouthfeel is full with a low level of carbonation, but still isn't as syrupy as I thought it would be judging from the pour.

Hi-Fi is a really interesting take on the style. Despite the ABV it wouldn't be hard to enjoy a whole bottle by yourself, but it's always better to share. Rye is hard to brew with and this beer was made with almost 60% malted rye. Good job Bryan! I can't wait for the bourbon barreled version. I think this one could be a real sleeper.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz wax topped bottle into a few glasses. Ruby with light mocha head. Rich retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is caraway, molasses, cocoa, caramel, and some green citrus. Taste is identical with added roast and spicy alcohol. Fairly sweet overall. Full bodied with some sharpness and plenty of alcohol warmth. Complex but the ABV interferes occasionally. Share this one.

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Photo of robgage
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morimech
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of kbuzz
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was just about the perfect be to my palate. Bottle was from 2013. Yummy.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of spicy rye notes with some caramelized notes and some residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by some spicy rye notes with some heavy caramelized malt with light toffee notes and quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is quite full with medium to low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with lots of extreme flavours and just enough balance for the residual sugars not too take over the whole mix. I still think that additional attenuation would be beneficial for this beer and most other Flossmoor beers.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jegross2
2.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing the Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 1) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois. This is the base beer of the Batch 1 Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye.

Score: 60

Batch 1 bottle served in a plastic taster cup and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours a much more “cloudy” caramel color than either of the barrel-aged vintages. A lot more ruby transparencies are apparent. Pours a thin bubble tan layer than settles to a ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Fruity sweet caramel malt and not much else. Faint brown sugar notes. It’s shocking how one-dimensional this beer is considering how complex the barrel-aged version of this vintage was. 3/5

Taste: Sweet and malty caramel water with some faint fruitiness. That’s it. No rye flavor, no dark fruit, no hoppiness. This beer has totally fallen off. Not undrinkable, but so is 312 – why bother? 2/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Sweet and malty. 2.5/5

Overall: I cannot attest for the beer fresh, but the original non-barrel aged vintage has completely fallen off. I recommend skipping this one.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color with a thick head of white that while staying low to the surface, certainly had some nice staying power.

Feel is like syrup, just thick, and really filling. Loads of hops jumping right out at me, even with a little age on it. Fresh pine, hints of candied sugar, an almost medicinal like quality at times peaks its head up. Still though all very, very nice. Rich flavor here, candied sugar, notes of hops and rich grassy, herbal qualities. For as strong as this one was it really kept the ABV very, very nicely hidden. Sipping an hour later I was amazed at just how well rounded this one really was.

Overall just a super solid and very well put together Bwine.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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