Hi-Fi Rye | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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:
66
Ratings:
129
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
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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 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 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 jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this, thanks Alex. Review # 1600. Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a lighter transparent brown with tons of red accents. An off white head rises about a finger, falls quickly leaving only a ring and a little lacing...The aroma is sweet, almost too sweet for a barleywine, hops aren't present to cut that. Rye, alcohol, spices, caramel. Good, not great...The taste is better, certainly more balanced and closer to a barleywine. Great quad notes of dark fruits, and brown sugar balanced with some roast and hops. Rye backbone throughout this.

This is pretty decent, needs some work, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from madorb. Thanks man! Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of white foam that settles to a thin ring, and leaves behind spotty lace. Mostly transparent ruby body with a slight brown tinge to it.

S - Rye bread, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, hint of caraway and booze. Very sweet, but quite pleasant and enjoyable.

T - Taste has a lot of rye bread, brown sugar, dark fruits, and so forth. The flavor has better balance between toasted grains and sweet things. Booze is better hidden too.

M - Viscous, low carbonation, somewhat syrupy. No obvious alcohol warmth.

D - This is quite nice, and very easy to drink. Not as good as the barrel-aged version though.

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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 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 jwinship83
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle i picked up at the release in feb of 2010. drank from a stone IRS snifter.

A- the pour is a darker than average brown colored body with some ruby red highlights. there is a pretty large beige colored head on top that lasts for a while and leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S- sweet smelling caramel and toffee malts are the first things that i notice. after that comes a distinctly rye scent. some of the typical dark fruits one would expect in a barleywine are in here too. there is a pretty heavy alcohol presence.

T- the rye comes through in a big way. pretty spicy. sweet caramel and toffee malts also. the fruit i could smell (cherries, plums, raisins, and dates) are detectable but not very strong at all. plenty of spicy and earthy hops left after 6-7 months. a little bit of alcohol burn.

M- medium to full bodied. palate coating. moderate to strong warming from the alcohol.

D- im surprised at how much rye comes through in this one. pretty unusual for a barleywine. something i hope they brew again, but im not desperate to crack another bottle right away.

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

Poured into snifter

Pours a light brown head. Color is a caramel dark brown.

Aroma: Rye with the spice flavors that come along with it show right away. Roasted malts, floral hops, and some toffee. Very malty.

Taste: Big spice and rye notes again. Malty with flavors of toffee and caramel showing. Also has some roasted flavors to it with dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with some spice to it. Amazing feel to it. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with rye in the aftertaste.

Overall, the with a solid bwine. Lots of great flavors and the rye addition was really great. Very happy to have had this one. Decent drinkability.

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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 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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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to miketd who shipped a bottle of this brew to the great state of Minnesota. My wife & I visited Flossmoor last summer & loved it, & rye is our favorite additive, so when I saw this one come out...in small numbers...I figured I'd likely never get a shot at it. But here we are! Split with my wife.

Nice bottle graphics, reminds me of John Cusack's "High Fidelity", a great movie, especially if you're of that generation. Splashed into a sliver of glass, this brew is a dark, brooding red, looks a bit like it needs a Band-Aid. Nose opens with that nice shot of rye spiciness...and that's it. Hmmm.

Hi-Fi opens & closes with a rush of malt rye. Wow. This beer has more rye shot to it than anything I've come across, up to & including Boulevard's Rye-on-Rye. Rye shotguns across the palate, leaving little room for anything else. The rye is all-spice spicy, warm, drying, seedy (that might be the caraway highlighted on the label), a bottom of very slight malt sweetness, & a bit of hops that announce their presence by mingling with the rye in the aftertaste.

There's a bare hint of oxidation creeping into the taste already, so I'm glad I had this one young, I'm not a big fan. This is a big, thick, sludgy brew, & though the bomber is split with my wife, it's going to take me a good 3-4 innings of Twins baseball to put this one down.

Ultimately? This is a really, really good beer. It's a one-dimensional monster to me, but if you like rye, as I do, it's a dimension that I'm thoroughly enjoying. Mike, when the barrel-aged version arrives, expect a knock on your beer mail...

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy color with one finger of creamy off white head.

Scent of sweet candy, caramel, rye, tobacco, and spicy hops. A great scent, but I was expecting to be overpowered with rye.

Taste of rye, caramel, sweet candy, and a hint of alcohol. Again, the rye character is fairly subdued, but this is still one fine tasting beer and I look forward to it with age.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with medium low carbonation.

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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 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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