Beelzebeer | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by weatherdog on 09-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stakem
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dusty old bomber poured into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head.

This smells of raisons, oxidative with a mildly chicolate roast character and earthen appeal.

Taste is a little bitter and earthen with cherry or raspberry seedy quality before an herbal bitterness comes through.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Not bad, not good. Kind of a muddled brew at this point.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugar with light roasted malt notes is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by some residual sugar notes with some roasted malt. Some dark fruits are also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol. Easy drinking with just enough complexity which makes for a nice night cap.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Wendall for hooking me up with this one!

A: Pours a dark brown, practically black color, one finger of tan foam that dissolves rather quickly leaving a thin cap on tap. Nice sheets of lacing form around the glass.

S: Lots of roasty/charred dark malts, some chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit.

T: A little more plain than the aroma. Some chocolate and a little bit of dark roast, but not much in the way of dark fruit, though there is a little bit right on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Abv hidden well. Smooth and easy drinking.

O: A decent beer. Drinks very easy, but the flavors just aren't there.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice. Thanks to 67couple for this.

A: Dark brown with barely any light getting through. Just a wisp of tan head forms before fading away quickly. Leaves a very nice lacing tho.

S: Toffee, caramel, molasses, light chocolate and roasted malts, hints of dark fruits. And of course alcohol.

T: Caramel and toffee upfront. Molasses and maybe some anise mixed with roasted/burnt malts make for a slightly off taste in the middle of the tongue. Finishes very boozy, but with nice flavors of dark chocolate and caramel.

M: On the low side of full bodied. Medium high carbonation. Slight creaminess. Overall warmness from alcohol.

O: It's decent. Drinkable. Nothing I would run out to buy. Could definitely see this becoming very good with some age.

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Photo of mmnorth
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery during the release. Just pulled it out of the cellar to check it out.

A- Dark mostly opaque. Thin tan head that's still hanging on.

S- Intense malt, molasses, cherries, slight to moderate resinous hops there in the back. Smells like burning in the end.

T- Malt sweetness with burnt sugars. High to moderate hop bitterness cutting through everything nicely. Lingering taste of hops and caramelized sugars in the aftertaste. Slight alcohol burn.

M- Pretty thick mouthfeel. Chewy.

O- Definitely like the burning motif on this one. A nice strong beer for a winter warmer. Glad I have a few more of these that I can continue to age.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by MasterSki prior to DLD. This beer is brown-black and is capped with a short-lived tan head. It is also visibly thinner than the average Imperial Stout (which, apparently, it is not. I thought it was an IS when I was drinking it...) The aroma offers toffee, coffee, roastiness and burnt sugar; it is a hodgepodge of burnt sweetness. The flavor, however, is a significant departure from the suggestions of the nose, as it is more akin to a roasty and acrid BSDA, with spice and dark fruit suggested. There is a suggestion of anise that seems to bridge the gap between char and fruit. Lighter body and abundant carbonation give this brew a Belgian sensibility that is somewhat misplaced. The beer is more interesting than good.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery a while back. Ended up bringing to Flossmoor on Friday in order to try side-by-side with the barrel-aged variants. Served in a plastic cup.

A - All the variants looked largely similar. Half-finger of quick-dissolving dark tan foam that settled to a patchy cap and thick ring. Body is near-black with transparent brown glints at the fringes.

S - Dark fruits, candi sugar, chocolate, marzipan, some light grains. Alcohol has largely mellowed since I had this last, which is nice.

T - Taste is worse. Odd "generic" beer bread and yeast character, much lower sweetness, and a strange anise and burnt tar bitterness in the finish.

M - Over-carbonated and a bit thin for 9.5%. Sticky finish, but thankfully little alcohol warmth.

D - The base beer kind of sucked compared to the barrel-aged versions. It's not terrible, but it's not something I'd really want to have again either. It would have been much better if it weren't the acrid finish.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super dark, black chocolate colored brew with a tan head that doesn't last. Can't see any bubbling in this dark brew.

The aroma has dark roasted malts imbue smells of coffee, chocolate, and soem charred wood. Just a little. There are some momemnts of watery thinness too.

This beer is warm, but not boozy, from the get go. Roasted mlats offering chcolate and black coffee. The finish has some cream and caramel and toffee. Simple, warm , and syrupy is what maed the palate.

Nothing spectacular, but very pleasing and worth picking up again and reccomending in my book.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Andy, for this very metal extra. The scores aren't particularly impressive for this, but it gives me occasion to add Inquisition's Rituals Of Human Sacrifice For Lord Baal and Belphegor's Bondage Goat Zombie to my playlist.

Pouring black as Satan's soul with a head the color of his latte, this beer is pretty evil looking. The nose has a blend of caramel sweetness, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, dark chocolate, a little bit of creamy coffee and a touch of smokiness, this is surprisingly solid.

The palate opens with a blend of sweetness and bitterness, mildly acrid, ashy and smoky. Caramel and chocolate balance the bitterness. A little boozy and warming, there's a mild fruitiness in the mid-palate. Bitter on the finish, mostly grainy with a little bit of hop character as well, there's some molasses and caramel that linger on. Medium-full in body with creamy carbonation, this is pretty solid on the palate. Solid stuff.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Sample at Dak's Final Four tasting courtesy of Sparky, I believe!). Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma has aroma of rock cand and orange tootsie pop. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with bitter finish. Decent beer.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass - thanks to crushedvol

Pours an oily black with a thick tanned head, great retention, thick film and plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Roasted dark malt, smoky edges, bit of chocolate sweetness, alcohol, and a slightly odd metallic note.

Dark malts with a warm feel accompanied by syrupy molasses. Dark bittersweet chocolate with some candied fruit esters. Dates and figs with sugar. Touch of smoky malt towards the finish with booze.

Smooth creamy feel, decent carbonation, and a little sticky. Pretty drinkable but the nose felt a little off despite the flavor being pretty good, and it was a little hot as well.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.

A-dark as satan himself. Red around the edges. Tan head that goes no where.
S-slight roasty malt. Not much
T-doesnt start out well. Starts very boozy and malty but finishes nice and smooth. Alot like a strong ale should
M-medium bodied and smoitg
D-ok. Took me longer than usual.

This guy is all over the place.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 666.... Yum
Pours a very dark with a good amount of light brown head. Reddish tint. Looks preet good. Smells a bit roasty. Fairly indifferent tothenose. Tastes a bit roasted.. Not really that flavorful but highly drinkable. I'm really not sure what to think in all honesty

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark Reddish/Brown with a Tan 1 finger Head.

S - Smells of Chocolate, Molasses, Vanilla, and Black Berries. The aroma is not that strong even as it warms up.

T - Tastes of Coffee, Toffee, Brown Sugar, and Dark Fruits.

M - The mouthfeel is heavy, the Carbonation is Smooth, Chalky Tannins from the Roasted Malts, and a little sweetness.

D - The Drinkability is not that great but I finished the bottle and would consider getting another to age.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, demonic brown/black color with a fluffy 1 finger mocha tan head that slowly recedes and laces the glass. Roasted malt aroma mixed with sligh ttouches of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Sweet start that then transitions to a roasty richness. Slight bitterness kicks in during the middle. Drinks pretty smooth and ends fairly dry. Medium/heavy mouthfeel.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inflatablechair pulled this one out recently... Thanks a ton Sammy!!! I am gonna keep in on my want so I can hook up an "Evil" Buddy.

Pours with a short lasting dark tan head atop a deep brown brew.. nothing to look at really.

Nose is bunches of char and dark malt... a bit of sweetness really pushes things forward to make it too much... asphalt.. alcohol and burnt malt.

Flavor is a bit better with some minor caramel and toffee.. but the char is heavy.. the alcohol is heavy... okay dark fruits remind me of essence of dark sweet cherries and prune... but really is a big mash-up.

Never really gels .. okay across the board and doesn't deserve the BA crucifixion, but I could be wrong. Just too much burnt malt character for my palate.


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Photo of StormKing47
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jwiss22 opened this one up to share, wish he didn't and here's why...

A- Shows up a deep and dark brown color with some faint carb and virtually no head, but a thin off-white head. This is only the beginning.

S- An offensive dose of brown sugar, raisins, rum raisin and a quick back hand of filthy molasses from the back of your grandmother's cupboard. Almost tar like with a choked out and very faint roasted malt sweetness. Down right rude smelling and "stings the nostrils."

T- Even worse then the smell I can get over the messy aromas, but this was it for this one. An immediate overpowering of stale, burnt sugar, stale and old roasted malts. Then I made the mistake of letting this travesty warm up a little bit and paid for it dearly. Has a disgusting rotting fruit peel taste that is bitter and bordering on a dumper. Uncle, this one wins.

M- Another disaster area for this one. Watery, thin, not coating, bordering on flat. Simply a complete mess that is just unacceptable from this brewery. I cannot believe that a strong ale could go this wrong. I am beginning to think this bottle was oxidized or just a bad one, but it has no characteristics of infection.

D- Hell No! I manned up and powered through because my mom said never waste a beer, there are less fortunate advocates elsewhere in the world. This beer was like being forced to consume charcoal pills to induce vomiting after swallowing pennies when your a child.

I am unimpressed and a little offended that the brewery with such a background as Flossmoor has let this one out. It seems as though they messed a batch up and decided to blend it instead of dumping it. Next time they brew a bad batch just cut your loses and dump it please.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a jet black body with a rigorous pour resulting in a little wisp of deep tan head that is soon gone before the first sip. This beer is too dense to see any carbonation.
S- The slightly sweet inky black malt aroma doesn't have any real roasted character and is pretty clean.
T- The roasted black malt has a inky bitterness that lingers and a slightly sweet hint of burnt toast. There is a marshmallow hint and some graham malt notes that come through as the beer warms a bit.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery texture and a soft fizzy finish. There is no real alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer is a bit thin in body with not a lot of character but it is nice and smooth to drink. The dry and inky character with soft roasted notes grows a bit as the beer warms but not as much as I hoped.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep mahagony brown with nice full dark kakai foam head.

S: Faint scents. Sweet orchard fruit. I don't get the malt and smokiness that my fellow tasters are detecting. Some bitter chocolate notes emerge in the background.

T: Chocolatey malt and low fruit sweetness. Full carbonation. Full mouthfeel, and ever so slight oiliness. Alcohol is completly masked. I'd also call it fully balanced, but a distinct bitterness lingers in the after taste. Not sure it's hop bitterness though.

D: Started to drink it too cold, and it became more flavorfull as it warmed. The knock I have is the a bitter aftertaste that might be attributed to dark bitter chocolate. Want to like this mjore than I did. Perhaps aging will benefit this brew. I still think Brian S. at Flossmoor is a great brewer.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed blind as part of the blind bif #3

Bottle #5 poured into a snifter

A - pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that hung around for awhile.

S - faint roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. The aroma doesn't really jump out at you. Its nice, just not very strong.

T - This is interesting. alot of cocoa, bit of coffee and an overall roastiness. The cocoa pokes its head back in during the finish, sort of powdery. There seems to be something else going on but I can't quite put my finger on it.

M/D - smooth and creamy, with a nice amount of carbonation. There is a powdery feel to it that somewhat detracts from it, but overall an enjoyable beer to drink.

maybe a RIS or stout, I really don't have a guess though, so lets see...

Flossmoor Station Beelzebeer Ale
American Strong Ale
I'm really not getting that from this one, but i'm bad at guessing, but oh well. Thanks for the chance to try this one.


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Photo of womencantsail
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for hooking it up with another Flossmoor beer.

A: The pour is nearly flat and very dark brown in color, almost black, with a short lived and thin off-white head.

S: Smells mostly like molasses and brown sugar, with perhaps just a bit of vanilla. A touch of raisins to go with it along with some roasted malts.

T: The flavor is more toward the roasted side with a bit of ash and burnt sugar character. It's slightly watery with some miscellaneous dark fruit flavors. The more I drink, the more I pick up on a pretty strong bitterness.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is pretty darn low.

D: Wasn't really a fan of this beer at all. It sounded like it could be a promising beer, but that just didn't turn out to be the case.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Someone shared this toward the end of the night, Sean, Jason? Alex? Was Alex even there? I don't remember, but thanks?

A - It is lighter brown. There is a little bit of carbonation. That is all

S - Roasty malts, molasses, dark fruit, it smells like a strong ale. It smells kind of like a subpar strong ale as there is a bit of alcohol burn and not a whole lot of excitement in this one.

T - Dark fruit and roasted malt, touch of coffee, too much alcohol burn even for 9.5%. Some kind of screwed up rotten burn to it that I don't care for, much like this beer in general.

M - Little oily, medium bodied, hot.

D - Not high on this factor because I don't like the taste. The heat and ABV aren't helping.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle picked up at the brewery release. poured into my chimay chalice.

A- this one pours out a really dark brown colored body that looks almost black. some red can be seen along the edges and bottom of the glass. on the top there is a full finger of khaki colored head that lasts for a while and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick up on are roasted malts. after that i get some sweet caramel and toffee malts with some brown sugar for a little bit of extra sweetness. after that i get some raisins and chocolate. theres some coffee and earthy hops at the end.

T- very dark and roasted malts up first. strong coffee presence. not as much sweetness as i was expecting from the nose. caramel and brown sugar. slightly fruity (cherries and raisins). some coffee and earthiness.

M- lighter than expected body. id call it a little thicker than medium. the carbonation level is quite low, which works for this one.

D- overall, this wasnt as good as i was expecting. neither was the other bottle sold at this release (collaborative evil) but thats another story. well see how time changes this one, but i dont think ill come back to it for a while.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle poured into my Narke glass...A lightly carbonated dark brown beer, no lacing, not much to look at...A really light aroma of molasses and dark fruits, but boring, too much alcohol, and a vomit finish...The taste is equally sucky, alcohol, burning and vomit.

This is worth skipping.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a thick stemmed DFH snifter.

A: Pours pretty black with hints of chestnut at the edges when held to the light. Capped by 1/2 finger of khaki-colored foam. Retention is quite good with a thick ring and healthy skim lasting for the duration of the glass. Some thin ropes of lace were left behind.

S: Quite a nice smoky/roasty nose on this one. Loads of roasted malt coupled with some smoke, dark chocolate, rum soaked dark fruit, cherry, and alcohol.

T: More smoke and roast with dark chocolate, toffee, toasted malt, dark roast coffee, sweet boozy dark fruit, and alcohol that takes on a minty quality.

M: Starts off oily and sticky and quickly becomes prickly/tingly. Long lasting finish that displays a bit of peppery heat.

D: Drinks really well for 9.5%. The alcohol is pretty apparent, but it seems to be extremely well integrated in to the beer. Doesn't feel "tacked on". Nice.

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