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 GregSVT
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. This pours very thick almost like syrup.

S: The nose is typical American Barleywine with big notes of toffee, pine, earthy hops, and bready malt. There's a bit of vanilla in the background as well which I wasn't expecting. Not geting much rye in the smell although the hops could be masking it.

T: The taste is the same as the nose with big notes of toffee/caramel, piney bitter hops, and bready malt. I get some vanilla as well which is odd since this isn't the BA version but it's tasty. There's a bit of a rye spice in the back of the throat as it finishes.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium and a bit creamy.

O: Typical American BW with good flavors and aromas. Nothing over the top but pretty tasty. The Rye was barely noticeable which was a bit surprising.

This did have a rusty cap as has been reported in the forums. Kinda glad I saw that and opened it sooner rather than later. BA version is up next.

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Photo of BlackWednesday
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a small tan had. Aroma is of rye, malt, dark fruit, sugar, and caramel. Taste is actually pretty big on the rye. There is also lots of dark fruit, sugar, spice, and caramel. Very dry malt base evens the beer out. As it warms, more raisin starts to come through. Lingering taste of rye and dark fruit. Very light, creamy mouthfeel. It’s boozy, but not in a bad way

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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 HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks for opening this, Matt.

A: Reddish brown with transparency near the edges. Really nice beige head with great retention and lots of lacing.

S: Bread, caramel, and rye. A swirl of the glass brings out more caramel. Evident caraway. Lightly spicy with tame booze. Gives the impression of rich malt. Faint oxidation with some date and prune.

T: Big caramel notes with light oxidation and a some rye spiciness. Lots of caraway seed in the flavor. Upper low sweetness with a firm moderate earthy bitterness. Rich lustrous malt. Chocolate in the smooth finish.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and sticky with lots of alcohol warming.

Overall: This was very enjoyable. It's somewhere between an Old Ale and an American Barleywine.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Side by side with the barrel aged version. Review is from notes from Easter.

Clear dark amber body with a finger of off white head. Good lacing and retention.

Smells of caramel and toffee malts then some spicy rye gets in there. Then I even get some butter popcorn flavor Jellie Bellies. Rad.

Tastes of caramel up front, then burnt toffee, rye bread as well. The finish is spicy rye and caramel/toffee. It's also fairly hoppy with a rye/carroway seed bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full without being too heavy. Low carbonation. Pretty bitter too.

A solidly hoppy and bitter American Barleywine. Rye is an interesting dimension, but oerall not wowed.

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Photo of vkv822
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
2011 bottle.

Pours a clear amber with slight orange hues and an off-white, toffe-hued head that dissipates to leave a thin film with a few random clusters of larger bubbles.

The aroma is of toffee and caramel malts, with a blend of pine hops and rye and caraway notes in the finish, as well as some faint alcohol notes.

The taste is quite smooth, with more sweet caramel toffee malts followed quickly by the spice of the rye and caraway seeds and then some hoppy pine notes. Faint alcohol notes, though it is quite well hidden overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly low carbonation. It finishes just a tad syrupy, though this is what I look for in a barleywine.

Quite smooth and well blended flavors. Without the rye this would probably be a tasty, yet fairly average barleywine. But thankfully it does have the rye, and it makes it something memorable!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 5/20/11

"It smells like someone peed on it."
-schwaeh, who was kind enough to share the bottle, upon taking a sniff of the inside of the removed wax.

Cloudy, rust/copper color. A thin head remains for a while then becoming a skim and smattering of bubbles. Speckled lace.

Smells of spicy rye bread, caramel and some butter toffee. Earthy notions. Zesty citric tones. Smells really nice. Sip one finds subtle citrus, lasting briefly and moving toward rye bread, which is the dominant flavor. Incredibly flavorful. It gets better as it warms. Medium-full body. Low, smooth carbonation. Finishes with lots of rye, to no surprise.

The rye is well-executed. I dig it and wouldn't mind trying it again sometime. Perhaps barleywine isn't the best style but that's neither here nor there.

New Adventures In...?

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a orange-y burnt umber hue and is capped with a nice tan head; minor lace ensues.

S - There is a big caramel sweetness, besides that, the nose is spicy and evokes overripe citrus. It seems that the hop and the rye notes are fused aromatically. There is some licorice type spiciness that is subtle, and is likely the contribution of the caraway.

T - Notes of caramel malt, roast and naked grain, hazelnut-cocoa, sticky citrus, and maybe even a hint of vanilla are intially perceived. Caraway, or licorice-anise, is not particularly noted. This is a fairly sweet brew, but quite tasty.

M - The feel is big and sticky. Welcome to Barleywine.

O - I am not the hugest ABW fan, but this one is quite nice, and in my wheel-house for the style.

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Photo of Spider889
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had several samples of Hi Fi this year, thanks to both normyk and schwaeh for that.

Dark copper color, not much head but left good lacing.

The aroma felt a little weak. Some spicy pine bitterness and bready malt.

There's lots of really good rye notes in the flavor. Spicy with lingering bitterness. Caramel and roasted malt.

Very dry mouthfeel. Overall not too shabby. I'd really like to try the BA version sometime.

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Photo of nhindian
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #11 from Khazadum with the text: "They brewed this with one of my favorite seasonings in Polish cuisine."

22oz waxed bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy orange, burnt sienna. about a finger tall head that actively fizzes out. As I swirl it, the foam cascades down quickly and leaves some alcohol legs behind. I can see some carbonation sticking to the edges of the glass as well. (4/5)

S - When I popped the cap, I got a big whiff of citrus, so I was kind of expecting an IPA of some sort. My first smell sort of crushes that prediction. It's very malty and sweet, but does still retain some of that hop character. I'm thinking this is a pretty hoppy barleywine at this point. There is some spiciness here as well, maybe from the hops? Or is that rye? Very interesting and a good combination with the hops. The alcohol does come through a bit with some fusel fumes at the back-end. (4/5)

T - Woo boy this thing is deep. I am almost convinced the spiciness of this is coming from rye now, and it mixes with the alcohol to really give it a strong kick. Also sticking with the barleywine prediction, as this is chock full of sweetness and caramel malts. The finish is ripe with hops, giving off a great flavor of oranges and maybe some mango as well. Chock full of flavor that lingers for ages afterward. (4.5/5)

M - This is probably my least favorite part of the beer. It's pretty syrupy and thick, and the pop when opened and carbonation lacing the glass apparently are mere illusions as there is very little carbonation in here. Not to say that isn't expected a little for the (I think) style, but with these flavors, booze, and heaviness, it does weigh on the palate. (3.5/5)

D/O - Despite the mouthfeel, this is still a very drinkable beer. While the alcohol is apparent, it actually works to accentuate the flavors (especially the rye, if I think that's what it is. If not, the high hop spice) rather than detract from them. It still is a slow-drinker (I poured under half the bottle and I've been drinking it for about a half hour or so already), but at no point did I want to quit drinking it. Now the million dollar question is should I finish the bottle and probably pay for it later / tomorrow morning??? (4/5)

I am going with a rye barleywine for this one. I honestly don't know many of these at all, so I guess I'll go with Flossmoor Station Hi-Fi Rye.

The reveal: Flossmoor Station Hi-Fi Rye! I've really been wanting to try this and has been on my wants for a few months. Thanks a ton Khazadum! I'm guessing the seasoning was the caraway seeds? Can't say I really know what they taste like...

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Schwaeh. Thanks Steve.

The first think I noticed, as others poured their samples and the bottle made its way around to me, is that this beer is very thick and syrupy. It moves very slowly. A very small head is formed as bubbles try to work their way through the viscous liquid.

This stuff is quite snappy. Lots of rye bread and toasted rye crust. Lots of caramel and grain. Hops are sturdy as well.

Quite spicy and full of rye and caraway. Like a rich, snappy toasted bread. Some alcohol and piney hops.

Very, very thick. The stuff feels as syrupy as it looks. Low carbonation with a tingly alcohol warmth.

I think I was the least impressed with this one. Its solid, but I just don't think its spectacular.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Poured into my SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, rye, vanilla, bready malts, and light citrus hops.

t - Tastes of rye, bready malts, caramel malts, vanilla, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice barleywine. Lots of caramel and vanilla to it, and a great smooth and creamy body. Would like to have again and would love to try the bourbon version of it.
EDIT: Had this again on 11/27/11 side by side with the Bourbon BA version. The BBA version was great, but this was still very very good. I raised the Overall from a 4 to 4.5.

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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 JAXSON
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a very clear auburn red with some pink around the edges. Looks very thin. Nose is very straightforward malt, lots of sugars. Some honey, lightly earthy, a bit singular. Flavor is more expressive than the nose but sort of disappointing. Mostly some young malt and honey, a lot of hops in the finish which I didn't expect at all. Definitely some rye grain in there, which is a nice touch, but the malt expression on this is too simple and the hop bite makes it come across as a strong, malt-forward rye IPA or something. Palate is thin but pretty lush. Not a bad beer, but not especially great. I still have hopes for the barrel aged version but I won't expect anything in the same league as Wooden Hell.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex (Masterski) for providing this in a recent trade.

Glad to see that Flossmoor back in the fold. BTW, why am I getting into a barley wine mood as Spring is breaking? Makes no sense, but I am enjoying them lately.

This beer is a thick looking beer with a deep amber color with some orange sunset notes. A thin head forms and settles quickly to a cap of foam. A touch of lacing surprises me at 11% ABV.

Aroma is of caramel and barleywine.. (is that an aroma?) Some brown sugar and maybe even a hint of maple. Lots of sweet fruit as well. Peach jelly? Or grilled peaches?

Interesting with the rye. It’s almost like it cuts into the sweetness and creates a bit of a crispness here. Not sure that’s the right word, but as soon as you think it’s going to get sweeter, the dry spicy nature of the rye takes the flavor in a different direction. I sense the caraway in the late flavor and aftertaste. As the lingering bitterness kicks in there is a dry sense from the rye and a touch of bread. Alex sent me the Bourbon barrel aged version as well and I’m getting excited to try that one… If the barrel aging adds what I think it could, this could be fantastic.

Bold body, thick in your mouth, wonderful to sip all evening long.

Flossmoor, back in the game!! Well done.

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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 TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

After success with another ryewine (Ruggoop, to be specific), I'm excited for this guy. It pours a slightly murky ruby-amber topped by a minor amount of tan foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, ruby red grapefruit, and a light bit of onion. The taste holds notes of sharp citrus rind, firm caramel, cedar, grapefruit, and a few red grape skins tossed in for good measure. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a very enjoyable ryewine, though the rye really doesn't factor in all that much to me. Pretty good times regardless, though.

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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 stakem
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewmasterNate for the trade on this one. I decided to open this up at a recent tasting and share with friends. Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a polished, clear color of copper with a white cap that holds strong around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacework sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is fruity with a fresh grainy backing, rye and a spicy inclusion of caraway. The fruity, almost apple skin character and sweetness throws me off a bit in the nose of this brew. As the brew warms, there is a bit of a young green yeastiness left in the nose.

The taste is like apple skin fruit character that is spiced with caraway and a bit of toasty rye malt that is faintly bready. The fruity apple sweetness clashes a bit with herbal hops and the lasting spiced flavor of caraway leading to a taste that is caught between toasty and smoked.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. It was easy drinking but left me wanting/expecting more of a complex and bold flavor profile. All in all this is a clean finishing brew with a well hidden 11% abv. This brew left me whole heartily underwhelmed. I plan on drinking this again on a fresh palate and will update my review then.

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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 womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me bottles from both the original and re-release of this, and to Richard for a bottle of the re-release as well. Very much appreciated, guys!

This rating is from the 2011 batch.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with high carbonation and an off-white head.

S: Smells barleywine-esque to begin with. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas. The rye and caraway really provide a lot to the beer and are definitely noticeable. Mild hop aroma of citrus peel and floral notes.

T: A mild to moderate bitterness with plenty of toffee, bread, and brown sugar. Spicy rye notes with plenty of caraway providing a really distinctive flavor to this beer. The hop flavor is there, but not the main attraction.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Maybe a bit high for a barleywine.

O: A good barleywine all around. Good aromas and flavors and not harsh or overly boozy.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks normyk

A-transparrnt maroon color that looks alot like tea
S-csnt really get anything off of the nose.
T-faint hops and a smooth body. Not as good as I was expecting
M-medium body and smooth
O-I think the hype took over a little on this one. Not that great. Above average at best

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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 woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Cheers to Tony for generously sharing this and its BA brother!

A: Clear, glinting copper body with a thin off-white head. Spotty lace. Beautiful beer.

S: Smooth, understated nose of rye spice, bready malt, and earthy hops. Quite nice, but surprisingly far from exciting.

T: Sweet + spicy rye malt starts things off, with caramel + vanilla backing it up. Dry spice on the finish. Moderate hops bitterness. Piquant and enjoyable.

M: Rich full body with ample, soft carbonation. Very nice.

D: The rye and alcohol get a little overbearing as I get deeper in. I don't think I'd enjoy a whole bomber...

Notes: Unique and enjoyable, but far from transcendent. I'd gladly drink it again, but I won't be seeking it out; it really pales in comparison to its stunning BA counterpart.


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