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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi RyeBourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel aged American Barleywine brewed with 57% malted rye and caraway seeds, very spicy and boozy!

79 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 01-11-2011

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Photo of jegross2
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 1) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois.

Score: 96

Batch 1 bottle served in a plastic taster glass and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours a murky, fudge color with ruby highlights. Poor lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Bourbon, caramel and brown sugar. Hint of cherry. Faint fudge. Oak and a hint of “rye bread.” Dates too. 4.75/5

Taste: Smooth bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Bready malt and brown sugar towards the back half. Hint of dark fruit. More fudge and cherry on the palate than in the nose, but both are still complexities rather than prominent elements. Very smooth and easy drinking, with well-integrated flavors. Lightly sweet. The hops have totally faded, but there is still a faint rye flavor and prickle on the tongue. Boozy flavors without much “booziness.” 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy, modestly malty mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: It is a shame this one is being retired; the original vintage is one of the best barleywines out there. Seek a bottle out if you can; it very much lived up to its hype.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 2) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois.

Score: 93

Batch 2 bottle served in a plastic taster glass and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Both Batch 1 and Batch 2 have a near identical appearance. Murky fudge color. Poor lacing/retention. 4/5

Smell: Batch 2 is somewhat of a different beast than Batch 1. Hops, caramel, barley malt, and brown sugar are the dominating elements of the aroma. The bourbon qualities are less defining than they were in Batch 1. There is also more alcohol heat in the nose than Batch 1. Still, quite inviting. 4.5/5

Taste: Much hoppier and “fruity caramel” forward. Some bitterness that was not in Batch 1. Almost exactly reminds me of the 2012 release of Three Floyds’ Barrel Aged Behemoth. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Similar mouthfeel to Batch 1. Syrupy, medium-plus bodied. The viscosity was slightly thinner than Batch 1. Not a lot of carbonation. 4/5

Overall: An excellent beer, but different in both flavor and quality than Batch 1. Both vintages look identical (same label, same wax) save for a slight difference in the appearance of the bottles that is only apparent when you put them next to each other. Both releases are worth seeking out, but the first batch is much better. Fans of Barrel Aged Behemoth will likely enjoy this beer.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz wax topped bombers into a few glasses. Big thanks to Stakem for sharing. Deep ruby with fizzy light mocha head. Peters out quickly. Wow, aroma of molasses, brown sugar, green oak, vanilla and spicy smelling alcohol. Taste is lots of burnt sugar flavors, toffee, cocoa and vanilla. Oaky edges. Deep charred barrel in finish. Full bodied with a firm chewy feel. Overall pretty intense from bourbon and ABV but richness of flavors makes it worth the effort.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton for sharing, Nick.

Pours a cloudy raisin color with a short lived bubbly white head. I’m getting tons of vanilla on the nose followed by leather and chocolate. Smells amazing. The taste follows suit with a great deal of leather and mellow barrel notes. I also get cocoa, vanilla, toffee, caramel and spice. Very rich and delicious. Super smooth mouthfeel, thick body, with a hint of warming booze. The carbonation is frothy and bubbly but smooth and easy to drink. What a great sipper. Thanks again for sharing this one, Nick.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Thanks to Evan for this one. Shared at a tasting 12/8. From notes. 4oz Into a snifter.

Light cream colored head with no retention. Spotty lace with little stick. Beer is cloudy dark brown. Average given the style.

Caramel, brown sugar, molasses and some slightly boozy undertones. Mellow but very appetizing and robust at the same time.

Brown sugar, caramel, molasses. A light nuttiness in the middle with notes of sweet bourbon fading in and out. Mellow sweet, syrupy finish with maple syrup and brown sugar in the aftertaste. Great balance.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and warm going down. Mellow finish with a slightly sticky, lingering aftertaste. Hides the ABV incredibly well. Can't believe this one's 11%.

I'm a big fan of the base beer here and this is just as good if not better. So smooth in the mouth with an incredibly balanced flavor profile. Just super solid the whole way around.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 11,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
I am not sure which vintage this bottle was, I will add it as soon as I find out.

Thanks to Lurchingbeast for this long time want!

Appearance: Bourbon Barrel Hi-Fi Rye appears a medium brown in the glass and is surprisingly hazy given how long it stood in my fridge. A back light shows the body to be moderately opaque, with beautiful golden amber edges. A rough pour yields a small tan coloured head that lasts acceptable for the style and a swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmm this smells delicious. Sweet bourbon, caramel and vanilla (the vanilla character was a little more perfumey than in most bourbon barrel aged beers). A little contemplation and some warming yields: Brown sugar, more sweet caramel, a little oak, some spiciness (the rye?), raisins, dates, a hint of plum, toasted grains, a nutty note and a surprising citric hop note.

Taste: Sadly, the flavour (while still pretty good) doesn't seem as full or as complex as the nose. Notes include: Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, a touch of oak, some toasted notes, raisins, dates, an earthy character and again a touch of hop flavour. The finish is surprisingly bitter and gently warming.

Mouthfeel: I was close to awarding a 5 in this department, but sadly as with most beers this is just a tad over carbonated for my tastes. The body is just shy of full and fairly oily and the carbonation is of a medium level and phenomenally smooth.

Overall: This is a great BA barley wine, though I am not sure it quite lives up to the hype.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish bubbly tan head that quickly dissipates. Sweet bourbon and oak aromas fill the air the second I wrangle the cap off the bottle. Sweet brown sugar, caramel, and a light smattering of dark fruit and spice round out the nose. The flavor is quite sweet with sugar, toffee, and caramel like the aroma suggested. Spice plays nicely off the dark fruits and the vanilla and oak tie everything together quite nicely. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation, and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Wow that is a nice barleywine. The rye is there but it's not overpowering and adds a layer of complexity to a really well made beer.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL silver wax thanks to ygtbsm94. Tawny, clear, amber pour with lower carbonation. Sweeter maple nose with richer, buttery bourbon. Taste is tangy, maple, pretty light feeling, with thicker ganache. Richer palate. Not too sticky sweet. Muted fruitiness. Nice stuff.

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Photo of spicelab
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MrKennedy. 2010 and 2011 vintages back-to-back. Review is for the 2010, which was marginally superior.

Muddy, turbid mahogany with a minimal saffron head that abates summarily to a collar.

Upfront pungent savoury malt character, with strong notes of brandied caramel and liquorice. Behind is mild spicy rye, some dry woodiness and a nice sharpness from the caraway seed. I was sceptical about this latter addition but it works well.

Stats out with even more rich malt character. Brandy snap, coconut, golden syrup puddings, treacle, molasses and evident booze. Verges on cloyingly sweet initially, until the previously MIA rye and caraway gradually weaves its way in.

Syrupy and rich with mild booze warmth. Even and satisfying.

Initially nonplussed, but this grew and grew on me over the course. Would probably be a pretty ordinary Barleywine without the rye, caraway and barrel treatment, but the subtlety in which those elements are applied makes for quite a classy brew.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the blinded bomber into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a half finger of thick off white head. The head sticks around quite nicely. 4.5

Smell: Lots of brown sugar and dark fruit. I'm thinking this is bourbon aged again. Dark fruit with lots of warm alcohol. 4

Taste: I think this is also a BA barleywine. Lots of sweet flavors. Brown sugar, dark fruit, and warm alcohol. I'm getting more heat in the finish of this one. Bourbon seems to be there as well. A bit hot in the finish. 4

Mouthfeel: The body is on the syrupy side of medium with full, smooth carbonation and a dry finish 4.5

Overall: I liked this one slightly less than bottle #11. Overall, they were very similar. Just a bit smoother and better balanced. Still a very good beer. I'd have more. 4

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1 consumed along side the non-barrel aged version. The brew appears a dark amber mahogany color with orange clarity seen around the edges. Poor head retention fades leaving spotty lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revived a yellowish tan film back across the top.

The smell is sweet with caramel, oak, toffee and whiskey reinforced booze. Vanilla emerges and becomes increasingly noticeable along with a fruity inclusion of rye. More smells reveal a bit of toasty grain aspect that blends nicely onto the barrel presence.

The taste includes mild fruity rye flavors with a spicy aspect of the caraway. Some herbal hops are noticed mid-palate before the onset if the smooth rounded flavors of the barrel aging. Vanilla, caramel, toffee and booze are all present. The alcohol is a bit spicy as well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth yet boozy and complex. It is an interesting and enjoyable offering but I cant say that it really lived up to the hype and expectations that I formed from everyone telling me how amazing it iwas. Good yes, worth giving up an arm and a leg? No.

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Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely thin off white head on a murky brown beer. Wonderful alcohol legs. Thin collar and a nice cap.

Sweet boozy goodness. Major barrel notes.

Loving the rye spice bite, well integrated with the bourbon barrel notes. Sweet caramel! Omnom. Would guess at 12%abv

Thicker mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Lower end of carbonation.

A good one for a beer drinker with a sweet tooth.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown with a tad bit of reddish tone with half a finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Amazing. Bourbon up front, caramel, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, sweetness from malt. Very complex.

T: Follows the nose pretty much, but there is some spice note towards the middle/end. I love that this beer is not overly sweet, but probably due to this reason, booziness comes through stronger (which I do not mind as mind). I love how the bourbon works in this beer. Top notch. I read people say that batch 2 is not nearly as good as batch 1 - but batch 2 is amazing in my books (and I am in search of batch 1 now).

M: Chewy, thick, sticky, nice. good amount of alcohol burn.

O: World-class barleywine. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark golden amber color with a very nice haze to it. Fairly thin tan head comes and goes pretty quickly. Head leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is really great. Tropical fruits, darker fruits, vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon.

T- Follows the nose really well and so good. A nice little burn from the alcohol. The barrel on this one is awesome.

M- Thick and creamy. Heavier side of medium and light carbonation.

O- Very awesome brew for sure. Easy to drink and probably a bit under the radar.

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Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with copper edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Huge barrel character in the nose with spicy, silky bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla and coconut.  The strong bourbon character compliments the spicy rye and leathery malts.  Slightly boozy but more bourbon than alcohol sweetness.  Underneath the bourbon and rye there is some malt sweetness with hints of  chocolate, caramel,  toffee and hazelnut. Really nice.

Medium bodied with a really nice barrel character that overpowers the base beer without being hot or overly boozy.  Could be better integrated but still tastes great.  Some dry, toasted oak and vanilla as well as a very prominent, delicious bourbon presence.  Spicy bourbon compliments the spicy rye lingering into a dry finish.  Unfortunately, most of the base beer is overwhelmed with only spicy rye and subtle leathery malt notes.  Slightly boozy but again hardly any heat.  Hard to believe its 11%.  As it warms, some malt and vinous fruit comes out with hints of caramel, toffee and dark fruits but they're still overpowered by all of the bourbon flavor.  Really good but lacking the complexity I was expecting.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brownish orange in color. Smells sweet with lots of rye, also a lot of alcohol on the nose. Big bourbon on the nose as well. Bourbon is very well blended with the taste. You catch the base beer, sweet, dark fruit, raisin, fig, but the rye really comes out the most. Very creamy mouthfeel. A bit light though, but I like the creaminess. Overall, Fantastic beer. One I would search out for again. The problem is, with american or english barleywines postKH, I compare everything to King Henry. This is very good again, however, does not compare to King Henry. Very good though. Well done Flossmoor.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Batch 1, which is 2010 I think. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.0 A: Pours a syrupy, lightly hazed, deep amber color. Couldn't muster much of a head, but there is a bit of lacing left.

4.0 S: Wow this is rye-ey. Total rye bomb. Never smelled a beer anything like this. Huge spicy earthiness. The barrel treatment pales in comparison to what the rye offers, but is a pleasant welcomed addition nonetheless. Leathery, with melon and hints of vanilla and oak. The caraway seeds are also quite powerful and offer a bold aroma that adds another unique layer. Plum and fig fruitiness, though in all honesty, is held underneath by the more aggressive rye and caraway aromas.

4.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is also outspoken by rye and caraway. Unbelievable amounts of spicy earthiness. Bourbon seems like an afterthought again, offering leather, melon, and vanilla. Plum, fig, and date fruitiness. Booze is very well hidden. Maple syrup-esque sweetness.

3.5 M: Heavier body. Moderately undercarbonated. Super syruppy, which might have been cut some if there was enough carbonation. Still, not bad.

4.0 D: Tasty, unique beer. I thought I would like this more since I love rye beers, but I've found that rye might make a better side kick than main attraction. Still, more than happy to give this a go and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of rtaps
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a light khaki head. Spotty lacing.

Bready, little bourbon, caramel toffee

Little Bready some bourbon barrel caramel, finishes sweet

Mouth med-high carb medium bodied and smooth

 Overall: this was a fantastic beer glad I got my hands on it would love another one

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle supplied by Cbanker23 at a blind barlewine tasting

Look: Pours a murky dark brown that looks like muddy water. maybe a 1/8 inch head and no retention and leaves behind a slight film on the glass

Smell: Caramel and toffee join together with a vanilla sweetness and a bourbon backbone

Taste: Upfront is the bourbon note and its perfectly integrated and balances well with the chewy malt. Mid palate is where all the toffee and caramel are and it finishes with a nice vanilla sweetness and oaky character

Mouthfeel: Full body low carbonation sticky and chewy

Overall: This beer is exceptional. During the blind taste taste I had this one side by side with King Henry and actually gave them the same overall score

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Photo of Auracom
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 2. Thanks to Mark for this one. 5-6 oz. poured into a CBS snifter on May 18th, 2012.

A - Standard affair here. Murky, dark brown coloring with a one-finger head. Similar to Abacus but a bit darker with more overall heft/weight. Moderate alcohol legs. Average retention and lacing.

S - Really wonderful rye whiskey on the front with a great caramel counterpart note. Plentiful oak, light winter fruit. Noticeable lack of alcohol solvency beyond a touch of backend heat.

T - Raisins, dates, and similar fruit melded with more rye grains, bourbon whiskey. Stronger vanilla than I anticipated for a barleywine, even one that has seen a barrel. Spices. Ripened plums. Better-than-average balance across the entire drink. Lingering tannins, oak, and caramel aftertaste.

M - Quite smooth, medium body, perfect carbonation. We're good here.

D - This is among the best for interplay of sweet notes (caramel and toffee malts) and a well-done barrel integration. The two highlight each other as ideally as one could hope. I really wish I had another bottle of this. Also - for the hate on batch 2 - this is drinking just fine right now.

Edit - Revisited Batch 2 and, for the first time, tried Batch 1 alongside it on 1/20/2013. Batch 1 has really mellowed out. Initially, its aroma is harsh and unbalanced. The malt backing is disintegrating now and this tough whiskey solvency is too prevalent. It lessens slightly at room temp but has lost the magic. Taste is generally sweet, with smooth caramel throughout. Batch 2 is superior, no doubt, and has retained much of what I recall from the numerous other bottles I've been lucky enough to try.

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Photo of Spider889
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel color with a Khaki head.

S - Yeowzas! Clean bourbon and wood with toasty caramel undertones. Really pleasing.

T - Toffee and caramel. The malts are sweet and complex with lots of nice bourbon flavor. Oaky vanilla presents an excellent integration with the barrel. No tartness or harshness that you get from some barrel-aged beers. Really sweet flavor though - caramel in the truest form.

M - Nice full luscious body.

O - Really excellent; malty and awesome. I would love to sit down with a whole bottle to myself some day.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution's Kedzie Brewery grand opening.

Pours a dark, muddy brown with a substantial light brown cascading head. Head lingers creating a ton of lacing.

Aroma of bourbon, sweet caramel malt, some dark fruits and alcohol.

Upfront taste is sweet with caramel and dark fruits mixing with a little bourbon and wood. Boozy sweet finish of bourbon, wood, and dark fruits. Lingering bourbon flavor.

Full bodied and syrupy with medium carbonation. Moderate alcohol heat.

Good, but not nearly as good as Central Waters BBBW from last night at Local Option.


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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber (2011 vintage) into tulip glass. Pours burnt amber red with a thin lacing head that dissipated very quickly. Rye, some figs, vanilla, and dark fruits in the nose. Oak and light bourbon are detected in the flavors along with rye which I thought was a very interesting characteristic of this beer especially being brewed with caraway seeds. There was some spiciness and dryness in the backfinish which balanced the beer quite well. Very thin and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this was a fine example of an American style barleywine. I enjoyed the fact that it was aged in one of my favorite bourbon, Woodford Reserve, barrels. Quite a creative beer and one that I would love to try again.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. waxed bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark burnt sienna with subtle ruby red highlights. Some subtle tan froth and lace.

(S)- A really nice rich body of toasted caramel, raisin, licorice, almond, and a subtle spicy oak and vanilla. Very sexy smell.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A sexy smooth rich malt profile with raisin, and caramel. Has the subtle almond-like vanilla spice(oak). Really damn tasty.

(M)- A really smooth carbonation level and a wonderful balance of rich and sweet malts, but supplemented well with the dry spicy oak. It tastes and feels like silk its so smooth. Superb ABV integration and a superb barrel aged barleywine.

(D)- Perhaps one of the finest American style barleyines I have had to date. Extremely smooth and well-balanced while staying true to the style and with superb barrel characteristics. Right when I thought I only liked English Barleywines better, well, this one surprised and impressed me.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich dark raisin color with a short tan head. Low retention and spotty lacing. 

Smells of big rich raisin and dark fruit. Very pleasant, but one big strong nice note. 

Great flavor with a very nice caramel covered dark fruit characteristic that is fantastic and a little different than other barleywines. 

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied but nice with medium carbonation. 

Overall this beer is just what I hoped for. Fantastic in many ways. All around good. 

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Big thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours brown with a small khaki head on top, decent retention, reducing to a thin ring on top. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon mixed with vanilla, brown sugar, and a little caramel. There is plenty of rye coming through, nice and spicy. Nice combination of the bourbon/vanilla sweetness and the spice.

T: Wow, fantastic. Very similar to the aroma with lots of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, some maple syrup mixed with more rye and spice. There is a little bit of dark fruit, but it is overshadowed by the previously mentioned flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. ABV hidden very well.

O: Lived up to the hype, definitely one of my favorite BA Barleywines.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
4.36 out of 5 based on 333 ratings.
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