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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle shared by Tony during a brewday.

It pours a deep rich black with a light mocha head. There is a small amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Transparent mahogony highlights can be seen on the edge of the glass.

The aroma consists of a rich smoke smell with some sweet malt. For a such a rich high alcohol beer the aroma is subdued.

The first flavor the hit me is anise or black licorice. That flavor is very dominant and last throughout. An ashtray like smokiness is the supporting flavor. Towards the end some dark fruits and alcohol are present. The addition of the numerous sugars does a lot to lighten the body and dry out the finish preventing a cloying beer.

For the strength the body is pretty light which despite the alcohol tinge in the flavor makes for a decently drinkable beer. The carbonation is on the low/ medium level.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot but it just was missing some sort of wow flavor to make it great. I'm unsure how it will age but I've got a bottle to find out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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 mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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 trappistlover
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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 emerge077
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rumored to be too satanic for the first run of label printing... Really? A Paradise Lost quote + a description of a beer blacker than the depths of hell = printer censorship these days? Lulzy.

Looks black in the glass but has a certain transparency that shows some reddish brown highlights. Tan foam that sticks to the edges but doesn't linger.

Soft roasty nose with some tobacco and mild sweetness, but obscured by a distinct smokiness.

Moderately bitter and smoky, softly roasty, suggesting traces of the tandem release of Collaborative Evil '10 (an imperial porter). Roasty enough to resemble a stout, but smooth and lighter like a porter. Moderately bitter edge of hoppiness under the roast. Supple feel, much lighter than the stated ABV. Drinks very easily. Seems like something that would be better on tap. Enjoyable, hopefully more than just a one-off from Flossmoor. Thanks Alex and Joe for making this review possible.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +17%

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 JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 mmnorth
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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 StormKing47
2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of AgentZero
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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 womencantsail
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
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 ktrillionaire
3.25/5  rDev -5%
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 DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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 JVan
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of stakem
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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 spycow
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 1st rating! For a batch numbered 666.

[A/L] Pours a viscous looking black, with a rich brown head. Very oily. Faint ruby/brown hues seen around the edges, to light.

[A/S] Chocolately notes shuffle between both milky truffles and darker varieties. Leather, tobacco and caramel. Hint of coffee and smoke. Subdued vinous aromas and alcohol moisten the nostrils on a swirl.

[F/T] Chocolate, roast, slight licorice and raisin. Pruny, strong burnt coffee bitter linger, overtaking hoppy dryness.

[P/F] Full. Slick an oily. With a worthy bitter finish.

[O/D] Original label approval boasted 11%. Which I'm almost glad it didn't ferment to. Beer isn't especially hot in any sense, though the 9.5% is pretty detectable. I had no problem indulging in a 22 ounce.

Pretty much a 4 across the board. As being better than average, but less than exceptional. Nice strong ale, and I hope they saved some for the barrels. Seems like a good nominate for aging, though I believe I'll enjoy this one the most, fresh.

I can definitely say this is THE BEST Beelzebeer I have ever had...

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep crimson color, almost appearing black when in a full glass, and one finger of tan head with decent retention.

Scent of roasted malts, sugar, caramel, tobacco, earth, ash and some chocolate. A good scent, but it seems a bit out of balance right now, I think some age will change that, and hopefully for the better.

Taste of roasted malts, strong, dry sugars, ash, tobacco, earth, and muted hops. Definitely different, but not bad. I really hope this sweetens up and loses some bitterness with age, and I think there is a good possibility that will happen.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation and goes down fairly smooth with a slight drying effect on the finish.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jwinship83
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 brew3crew
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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 xnicknj
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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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