Hi-Fi Rye | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Hi-Fi RyeHi-Fi Rye

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

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.

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Photo of juhl31
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

-very dark crimson brown that you have to work to get some light through. khaki colored head that lasts for a good bit and a nice medium head to start

-wow. right off the bat i know this is gonna be good. that rich barley smell with some complements of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, fig, custard, a light leather and a hint of spice

-all the flavors of the smell, but even more rye spice shows up. you can really let it sit in your mouth and melt like a chewy caramel

-this may be my highest of ratings for mouthfeel. i love those rich chewy strong beers and this is that incarnate. super full and sticky. love it

-a monster of a beer that i could easily drink to myself, yet it is so good i have to share it. easily moves into one of my top beers

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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

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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured and looked like how I would expect burnt honey to appear; sluggish and deep orangish.

S: Citrus and pine needles with a rye bread and light pepper, booze and sugar

T: Amazingly good. I am a huge fan of rye barleywines and this is probably the best I have had. The rye lends a nice bready but lightly peppered taste and feel with a nice hop bill of citrus, pine. Some caramel and light burnt brown sugar and stinging booze are also present

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, warm and big bodied

O: Fantastic. One of my new favorites. This beer proves you don't need a barrel to make an outstanding bwine!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice oily viscous liquid with some nice dark copper notes that is quite murky and hazy. There is some nice amber and orange notes to this brew. There is also a nice 0.25 inch head.

Aroma starts off with some nice sugary caramel notes and some great molasses. Tons of sweetness that is met and blended will with some nice spicy Rye character. Then some nice citrus ho notes are perceived. Slight boozy notes are perceived.

Flavor starts off with some nice caramel and molasses sweetness. Nice citrus and pine hop notes very resinous. There are some nice rye spice notes mixed in with the nice caramel sweetness. Very smooth tasting brew and very easy to drink or the ABV. The finish is nice and dry with tons of bitterness and a nice citrus bite. Grapefruit notes and some slight orange rind. Mouthfeel is perfect. Oily and slick but with some nice prickly carbonation.

Great AB. Delicious mix of caramel, molasses and the rye spice. Tons of citrus hop notes and some nice resinous notes. Nice bitter dry finish.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a butter colored wax sealed bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet. Special thanks to a generous unknown trader at DLD '10 for this bottle!

A: Pours a dark mahogany with rusty highlights. Great dark color! Not much head formed and barely any lace was left stuck to the glass.

S: Fantastic aroma. Caramel, rye malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Was able to detect some dark fruit, molassas, and black licorice as well.

T: I was surprised at how rye forward this beer was. Loads of spicy/prickly rye that blend well with the strong alcohol. All the aforementioned smells are present in the taste and the cavalcade of sweet and savory flavors lend this excellent balance and keep it from becoming a hot, dry, and boozy mess.

M: Sweet, sticky, and very filling. The rye/alcohol one, two punch brings a subtle spicy dryness to the mix that makes finishing the bottle in one sitting well within the realm of possibility. Dry and spicy rye plays on the tongue during the long finish.

D: For an 11% rye barleywine, this was excellent! Very silky and smooth and the alcohol really didn't rear its' head until the very end.

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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 homebrew311
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle.

A: deep clear gold, nice white head, good retention, decent lacing

S: rich malty rye intertwined with caramel and piney hops, toasted bread and a suggestion of vanilla show up at the end

T: awesome balance, starts with a bit of sweetness, hints of vanilla, and follwed by rich waves of spicey rye. No heat at all, slight bitterness on the finish

MF: medium carbonation, nice big body

O: awesome balance, nice feature of rye, overall delicious.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of this one from claaark13. Really happy to get a shot at this beer, and stoked to get to try the regular and b.1 BA version as well. Cheers for the beers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewed with caraway seeds. My favorite seed.

APPEARANCE: Pours out viscous and yields a one finger, thicker looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Hazy mahogany orange in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some good lacing down the glass. Really nice looking.

SMELL: Bold nose with caramel, toffee, some red fuits, spicy rye and alcohol. Still some nice citrus hop aromas on top fo the toffee and butterscotch base. Really nice, but not quite as bold as the flavors.

TASTE: Excellent stuff. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch and red fruit sweetness up front, with some spicy rye malts and alcohol at the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste is bitter-sweet, with light citrus notes complimenting the malt sweetness and spicy rye malts and alcohol. Lots of nice toffee, butterscotch, sweet red fruits and hop bitterness linger on the palate. Really nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down silky smooth and finishes lightly mouth-coating. Velvety smooth and creamy on the palate, with enough weight to support the flavors. Very good.

OVERALL: This is excellent. I wish I could have had this fresh as the citrus hop notes might have been more prevalent, but regardless, as it is now, this is a complex, smooth and very enjoyable barleywine. Very well balanced with a wonderful feel. One of the better beers I've had in a while. Cheers claaark for hooking me up with this one!

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best fresh barley wine non barrel aged that I have ever had. The pour is a hazy deep amber color with a decent off white head that laces the glass as it recedes. The smell is pine toffee caramel sweet malty. The flavor follows suit with the hops up front and a sweet smooth caramel like finish with a hint of alcohol. This beer IRS very well balanced and easy drinking. I would love to get my hands on the barrel aged version.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to azaaron for the trade! Split with bgthang, my share poured into a New Belgium goblet.

Hi-Fi Rye sports a brilliant ruby-amber body that shines in the light. Above, a well-retained tuft of manila head retains well and drapes sticky lacing. The aroma is rife with vanilla bean and a fresh, sharp rye spiciness. Caramel sugar daddies and liquefied raisinettes make for a sweet touch that plays well off the rye bill.

Flavor comes heavy with rye spice and gooey caramel-drenched apples. Hi-Fi is a little hot with booze on the finish, but dark fruit notes of golden raisin and piny hops keep the alcohol in check. A medium-heavy body supports a creamy carbonation level and a slight dryness on the finish from the rye. Overall, this is delicious stuff. It could stand to be aged for a few more months, but this beer is still great now.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light Yellow Wax, bought at brewery March 2010.

A: Clear, golden brown or deep mahogany. Small tan foam quickly dispates.

S: Raisins or prunes or figs in caramel malt. Sweet and full, I'm not picking up the rye but fellow travelers did.

T: Dry and not sweet were my first impression. Full mouthfeel, not in a cloying way, and low carbonation. There's kind of a spiciness, then some light vanilla. You know the alcohol is there

D: This reminds me of a very high end scotch, from a small unknown distillery. No questions that it is a well crafted brew made with fine ingredients. The rye likely brings down the sweetness levels into a dry, clean, and crisp taste. No gimmicks here, just a straight forward adult beverage.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a deep deep opaque mahogany with a beautiful 2 finger khaki crown composed of fine bubbles that display lots of retention and leave loads of lace.

Smell: Spicy herbal and floral hops jump out the most, closely followed by rye, and rounded out by some sweet malt. The spice of the hops and the spice of the rye really compliment each other. The malt isn't overly caramel like but it does display sweetness.

Taste: Same as the nose but more subtle flavors are found like brown sugar, bready malts, a toasty grains!

Mouthfeel: Very thick and heavy but with a lush creamy crown that adds to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good for such a big brew.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/11/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010 Original Batch w/ Paper Label
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a deep copper in color w/ a 1/2 finger beige/tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of raisins, figs, brown sugar, dates, spices, and typical basement mustiness. Tasted of brown sugar, raisins, figs, dates, w/ a close of mild hop bite and spices. Medium bodied, but pretty full feeling due to being very lush. Polished off the 22oz. bomber myself as the 11% ABV was not a bit noticeable. However, I was pretty much in the bag by the completion of the bottle, recommend sharing.

Overall, really enjoyed this brew, as it is English Barleywine all the way. Will only get better w/ more age. Looking forward to sampling it's BA counterpart.

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Photo of corby112
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark copper color with amber edges and a half finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Complex nose with lots of earthy pine, grassy hops, spicy rye, leathery malt and dark fruit notes.  The rye is really prominent slightly overpowering things but as it warms, there are hints of caramel malt, toffee, plum and fig.  

Medium bodied with a dry, earthy hop presence that compliments the spicy rye very nicely.  Again, the rye flavor dominates but there's also some grassy pine needle bitterness that lingers throughout.  Some needed sweetness underneath from the malt backbone that gives off some toffee, caramel, raisin and fig.  Pretty complex and well balanced with leathery malt and faint booziness in finish.   The high is ABV really well masked making this beer deceptively drinkable.  

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drgonzo3705 shared this at a tasting (thanks Paul!). I've previously tried the barrel aged version with the brewer, wish I could try them side-by-side. But VERY happy to have the chance to try this now!

The beer is dark amber with a nice but thin tan head. Sort of murky looking at first, but actually I think it's just very dark. When held up to a light it's somewhere between clear and translucent.

It smells pretty complex, initially I think American barleywine with large sweet malt notes, caramel and such. But the rye adds some spice that works well, and I think the use of more rye and less hops led to the malts taking more of a central role in aroma.

Same in the taste, rye and sweet malts, beers like this could convert me to barleywines. Sweet and spicy, lots of caramel and maybe molasses (not really syrupy so maybe brown sugar is a more appropriate descriptor), tasty with a mild alcohol burn.

Sticky mouthfeel, if there were more hops I'd probably describe it as resinous. But no, it's sticky feeling which matches the flavors pretty well. A sipper to me, and one I'd love to get again.

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Photo of jampics2
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour into a snifter from a bottle generously shared by Paul AKA Dr. Gonzo - thanks! I had this beer at Dark Lord Day 2010 but didn't take any notes, so it was nice to finally get a chance to try and rate it!

The beer looks very nice in the glass. It's a brown color with red and caramel highlights. There's an off-white head that quickly subsides and doesn't leave much in terms of lace.

The rye really adds some depth to the nose. The typical caramel, toffee, and lightly toasted malt notes are present, but the rye adds some pizzaz on top of those flavors. This is very malt dominated and just a peek of earthy hops and dark raisins show through. There's a bit of booze as well.

The taste is equally impressive. I'm amazed how much depth the rye added to this beer. The spicy notes are reminiscent of rye beer, and the sweet caramel and toffee notes make this more of a dessert spin on traditional rye. The touches of dark fruit and brown sugar add proper depth. I could certainly enjoy this beer just about anytime - a successful spin on the traditional approach to a barleywine.

The mouthfeel is a touch sticky, otherwise the medium to heavy body and small kiss of carb work to make this a pleasant drinking experience. I dug this and will be ISO the new batch, especially interested to see what the bourbon barrel treatment does to this.

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

poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance: dark amber to light brownish colored body.

Smell: Hops; citris... mainly grapefuit and herbal. Hints of rye and caraway.

Taste: Brown sugar sweetness and malty. Some biterness from the hops blend into the malty flavors and rye breadiness and hints of caraway seeds that are faint. Not boozey at all.

Mouthfeel: Full boded beer. Low carbonation; almost syrup.

Drinkability: No boozey burn here easy to drink but still sip it and savor this barleywine! Another great beer from Flossmoor.

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

Shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This pours a clear amber color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Some spotty lace.

The aroma has that big rye aroma with some grape skin aroma with some caramel sweetness in the background. A nice grassy hop in the aroma lingers. Pallet has a nice caramel flavor with rye and some dark fruit and a nice hop flavor.

Medium bodied beer here with soft carbonation. Overall this one is pretty tasty. I'd love 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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by a generous individual at Dark Lord Day.

A: Pours a nice, deep mahogany with an off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Initial whiff is spicy rye atop some bready biscuit malt, hints of anise, and a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness in the background.

T: Slightly spicy rye is again at the fore, although there is a very nice somewhat sherry-like sweetness backing it up.

M: Medium body and somewhat cloying, but not overly so, as the rye's dry and spicy characteristics balance it out nicely.

D: Very drinkable. A fairly complex brew, and one of the best beers I've had from Flossmoor.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And thus begins the epic barleywine adventure...

Served in a snifter

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing his bottle

The first offering of the day pours a really nice orange body with an expected lack of head on the surface. The aromatics from this beer are undoubtedly rye but with hints of orange, cinnamon, apple butter and almond, almost a fall seasonal collection which I honestly find both delicious and odd. The taste however is a completely different world from the nose. The rye isn't evident on the tongue. The hops which weren't available for the nose were plenty there on the palate. The most detected flavors would be an almost grassy orange blossom with that sweet caramel malt finish that you expect from most of the style. This is epicly smooth and goes down so easy. I really think this is a fantastic beer, and I wish more things from FS were as good as this beer is.

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Photo of claspada
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 Bottle, released late February courtesy of acurtis.

Pours a syrupy thick looking honey amber color with a small light khaki/cream colored head that dissipates leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a spicy rye atop some bready biscuit malt, hints of with some light pine needle and floral hoppiness and hints of other spicing (apparently caraway seeds according to the bottle, wouldn't have known otherwise). As it warms you get more of the caramel/toffee sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with a mild bitterness with plenty of toffee, toasted bread and brown sugar. In the finish of the beer your get plenty of spicy rye notes with some caraway providing a really distinctive flavor to this beer. The hop flavor is there, but not the main attraction; only helps the rye malt to balance out the sweet/caramel malty backbone.

The mouthfeel is interesting, starts out quite heavy and thick and you think it's going to be too sweet but the rye and caraway seeds quickly dry out the finish leaving a nice balance between dry rye and sweet malt.

Overall at first I wasn't impressed with the look, aroma or taste, but after a few sips I understand and really enjoy the flavor profile of this beer. Not sure how this had changed over the last year as this is the first time I have sampled it, but I think it is perfect right now after a year and I wouldn't wait any longer to consume. Really big, bold, lightly sweet, caramel malty beginning with a nice balanced dryness from the caraway seeds, lighter hop flavors and the prevalent but never dominant rye. No alcohol flavor what so ever; the only way you know it's a big beer is the semi-viscous look during the pour and the slightly heavy mouthfeel. Pretty sure it's coming out again this year so definitely seek in out in a couple weeks, highly recommended.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe I've never reviewed this before as I've had it four or five times now.

A - Amber colored beer with a white head that had nice retention and left some pretty decent lace on the sides.

S - Smell is of caramel with some nice spicy rye. Burnt sugar, caramalized malts, and caraway in the finish. Nice job of highlighting the more interesting additions to this beer without being gimmicky or bad.

T - Pretty nice tasting, with the spicy rye and caraway breaking up the caramel backbone. Good toffee with a nice hoppy bitterness on the end.

M - Bigger side of medium with lower carbonation.

O - Nice beer, very unique and can really grow on you. Have a few bottles of this that I'm going to enjoy drinking.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to paulv for the bottle!

2010 Vintage

Pours a beautiful maroon-brown with a thin off-white head. Light lacing.

Sweet caramel rye malts and light pine-laden hops rise up from the glass. Red apples, pear and white grapes with a touch of honey dance in the background. I'm really enjoying the aroma on this one.

Super smooth rye washes over the tongue, followed by bready caramel malts with just a touch of hop. Hint of fig. Not overly complex, but quite tasty.

The mouthfeel is so smooth, borderline creamy, with perfect carbonation and a well balanced level of warming alcohol. I love the feel of this. Perfect.

For an 11% rye barleywine this is quite drinkable. The nose is great and the body is excellent. Drinks more like an English barleywine, which I prefer anyways. I would love to have another bottle of this for the cellar. Can't wait to try the barrel aged version.

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