Hi-Fi Rye | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

very good
130 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1161st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Thanks to Gurudel for bringing this.

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- A small golden orange with some yellows and a little bit of brown intermixed. No head formed or cling at all. Very syrupy looking in the glass.

Smell- Smells like a barleywine. Had some semi-good malts mixed in with a small bit of caramel and the rye. Didnt get much but it was there.

Taste- It was good but thought it could be better in terms of interlacing the Rye. Seemed a little bit more of a malt bomb with some soft citrus added. I really didnt get all that much Rye. Had a soft sweetness behind it as well.

Mouth- A light medium body with a creamy low-medium carbonation. Soft citrus and malts dominate the after flavors on this one.

Drink- It's good but could've been a lot better IMO. It was a bit too sweet without a backing Rye note even though bottle says Rye.

 928 characters

Photo of JMRSN
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of doughanson78
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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!

 623 characters

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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.

 288 characters

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.

 1,835 characters

Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pzymali
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of schwaeh
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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!

 474 characters

Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle for sending this my way! Poured into a tulip. Nice amber color with an off white head. There is a small quarter inch off white head.

The aroma is full of grapefruity hops and toffee malt. This is very aromatic.

The taste has a very hop-forward balance. The sweetness from the malt is just enough for a barleywine yielding a nice caramel note.

The body is medium to full, with soft fluffy carbonation.

I like this one. It isn't super special or mindblowing, but I like the hoppyness to go with the malt sweetness.

 531 characters

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

 673 characters

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +22.2%

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

I received this via trade with crushedvol, thanks pal. 22 ounce waxed top bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: A deep amber orange color with hints of dark brown. A one finger off white head sits atop. Some glass lacing.

S: Dark fruits, spicyness, caramel sweetness and some earthy hops.

T: Classic barleywine flavors of dark fruits jump with raisin, plum, dark cherry and hefty spicy bready notes. I'm not getting the seed thing, but the rye keeps the beer danker than a normal American Barleywine. Nice hops keep the thick caramel sweetness and toffee in check until the finish when the sweetness just becomes to much and overcome the earthy floral hops. Finish is a bit prickly from the rye and hops but the sweetness wins out to linger.

M: Full, very full that turns prickly then sweet on finish. Some warming alcohol, but well hidden for the 11%. Nice carbonation

Overall a real nice barleywine that is a bit danker than your average. Hops keep thing balanced but sweetness does win out. Nice beer.

Glad I got to try this one as I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the great trade crushedvol.

 1,101 characters

Photo of morimech
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.