Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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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 KevSal
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dug around the cellar looking for ba barleywines for a blind tasting and found this gem sent over by t0rin0 about a year ago, thank you bobby.
lady was bummed she missed out on the blind tasting yesterday, with leschkies high recommendation i decided to pop this guy open, especially with the tasting still fresh in my mind.

2011 22oz poured into 2 wine glasses

a- looks fantastic! i love super dark ba barleywines. this one is really dark foggy red. can not see through this one. slight tan colored head that disappears quickly

s- great fruit notes. lots of young fruit, pear and grean apple, as well a good amount of dark fruit like raisin, neother over powering. vanilla and barrel in the background.

t- wow this guy is freaking tasty! everything in the nose is blending very well in the taste. lots of great fruitiness upfront as well as vanilla and barrel with a bit of cherry in the finish. fruit is intergrated very well in the profile (unlike genesis 15:15) zero alcohol burn. pretty amazing. with a year already on it its obvious this guy ages like a champ.

m- i dont know if its the large amount of rye but this guys mouthfeel is awesome. it is thick bodied and creamy. the drinkability is high on this one.

o-this beer is for me. with the ba barleywines fresh in my mind yesterday this guy really stands up to them ( and we had stuff like alpine great!) i enjoy this guy a slight bit more. huge thanks to lurching beast for hooking me up with a fresh bottle! will open him soon to try it fresh (which might be difficult considering how tasty this beer is with age)

we had no problem finishing the bomber between the two of us.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour provided by cbanker at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.

Pours a slightly murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is very much the same as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but not as good as I was hoping it would be.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WankelEngine
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: The beer is a hazy, medium-dark brown color with an amber tint. Upon pouring, there was a one finger foamy light tan head that quickly faded to a ring of foam. Minimal spotty lacing.

S: Very sweet, boozy and fruity in the best possible ways. Very malty with warm caramel, vanilla and molasses. There is a good measure of bourbon to the aroma which is remarkable when the beer is cold because there is next to no heat from the alcohol. As the beer warms the alcohol does become noticeable. It is also fruity with some fig and raisin.

T: A wonderful medley of flavors. Molasses and vanilla are prominent and start the sip with a round sweetness. Out of this sweet flavor some fruit notes develop. Raisin, fig and even faint notes of cherry meld seamlessly with the malts. There is some good rye flavor which provides a pleasant spice. The bourbon flavor is both clear and subdued, providing a little contrast for all the other sweet flavors. In the background, growing steadily until the finish is some alcohol heat and mild pine flavor.

M: Medium bodied for such a large beer. Only once the beer is fairly warm does the alcohol become apparent. The carbonation is minimal but foamy and fits the beer well. The beer feels slick as I swish it and leaves my mouth just a little bit sticky.

O: A fantastic beer. I think this honestly deserves its rating as best American Barleywine here on BA. Everything just comes together perfectly. It is a very sweet beer through and through with a ton of different malt and fruit flavors. There is some hops but they are mild. The rye also does contribute a slight spiciness which perfectly complements the sweet flavors. All in all, one of the best beers I have ever had. It's a shame they won't be making this beer again.

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of brystmar
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of morimech
3.11/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I believe this to be the 2011 vintage. Pours a brown color with some red highlights. One finger of head forms and settles to a thick cap. Nice looking lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Unfortunately this smells slightly oxidized. The wax seal was intact so not sure what is going on. A bit of a cardboard aroma going on that is not complimenting the bourbon. I pick up some mild spice and caramel/toffee malt.

Harsh bourbon flavor. More cardboard. Very boozy and borderline hot from the alcohol. Sweet malt with mild rye spice notes. I also pick up hints of vanilla.

Rich, lucious texture and wonderful carbonation. Feels big and smooth.

I muched preferred the regular, non-barrel-aged Hi-Fi Rye. This seems overly harsh and poorly handled at the brewery. A big letdown.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1162nd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

2012 Vintage
Thanks to MrHirschybar for busting this out

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- A bit better in color than the base version. Had more of a darker richer brown then some orange highlights from the barrel. Same type of bubbles though. No real head or cling.

Smell- I really liked the addition of the barrel into this beer. It added a great smoothness to the nose and then a bit more vanilla and oak and the citrus was a lot deeper as well.

Taste- This opened quite nice with a rich oaky, vanilla flavor. Then moved to a small malt note and even some hidden citrus. The bourbon was assertive but not overpowering being a new bottle.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation and a lot of bourbon boozy oaky vanilla residual flavor.

Drink- Damn this was good. Nice to have it back to back with the base version. I can see why this was so highly rated.

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Photo of jeebus23
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A generous pour from a fella @ 3:30 am, in line for KBS 2012

Pours a dark ruby color with brown hues. Small ring of white head. Small, spotty lacing.

The nose has a ton of rye and whiskey involved. Butterscotch and vanilla in the background. Some leather and dry tannin as well.

The taste has all that rye-bourbony goodness noticed when whiffed. Sweet caramel, a touch of cocoa, maple syrup, and dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Solid, low carbonation status.

Overall, super tasty, wish I had more!

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Photo of HopsMatt
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.
2012 Vintage.

Pours a very tick and murky caramel color. There are some nice murky amber hints and slight orange notes in there as well. The liquid itself actually feels like caramel. One of the thickets beers I've ever seen. There is a slight light tan head that forms and recedes to a nice thin film.

Wow. Intense aroma. Very spicy rye notes for sure after thr rye spice notes there is a nice delicious caramel hints. There is also some nice citrusy notes from the hops with some nice grassy herbal notes as well. The citrus notes include some nice strong grapefruit and orange. There is some nice slight woody aroma and also nice Bourbon notes on the back end as well as mixed in with the caramel sweetness.

Awesome taste. Delicious spice with nice caramel and sweet malt notes that get balanced out by the rye. There is a nice hoppy middle to the brew as well. There is some nice toffee and slight Rye Bourbon note that is really subdued and easy to handle. Quite dangerous with the almost unnoticeable ABV. The hop notes are very well balanced with the malt. Intense flavors on both profiles but well balanced between both of them. Very nice. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Very oily and slick.

Great brew. One of the best Barleywine's out there. Might be my second favorite after FFF Behemoth.

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Photo of mothman
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel age hi fi 

A: pours a small beige head. Color is a dark caramel brown. 

Aroma: wow, what a nose. A nice dose of bourbon oak and vanilla. The rye still shows with a spice to it. Some dark fruits. Raisins and toffee. 

Taste: a lot of bourbon and sweet vanilla. Oaky. Caramel. Chocolate. Rye and spice. Toffee. Plums dark fruits molasses. Awesome

Mf: smooth creamy and warming. Mf bodied. Lm c. Ends a little dry.

Overall: this was an amazing b wine. So complex and so much flavor. Great nose great flavors. This beer rocks. 

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Photo of BillHilly
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JMRSN
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the second BA Hi-Fi release this past Saturday.

Appearance – Given to me in a 12oz plastic cup…yippie. A murky mahogany color with half a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Heavy bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee, and oak.

Taste – Exactly like the aroma. Spicy bourbon up front, a nice oak woodiness mixed with the vanilla. Then a definite sweetness comes through via dark fruits, toffee, and caramel. Ends with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Nice and creamy, medium bodied, perfect carbonation.

Overall – A very solid BA Barleywine. A bit hot fresh, but very curious to see how this tastes in a year.

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Photo of jammalamma
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of RohoMech
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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