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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 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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Photo of jmarsh123
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Flossmoor pre-DLD event.

Pours dark cloudy light brown with a minimal off-white head that fades immediately. Some lacing, but was served in a plastic cup.

Very well integrated bourbon on the nose. Loads of toffee along with vanilla, oak and bourbon and a distinct rye spiciness.

This beer is perfectly balanced. Loads of toffee balance out the harshness of the bourbon and create a very smooth flavor. Almost tastes like a rye whiskey at times. Alcohol adds flavor, but hardly any boozy burn. Fantastically well hidden and integrated.

Does get too sweet as some barleywines do. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Outstanding beer! One of the best I had the whole weekend. A great way to start a weekend of fantastic beer and loved Flossmoor as well.

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Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel brown / rustic red color without much of a head. Nose is a lot OS bitter hops, some caramel malt, and bourbon notes. Starts off with citrus hops that quickly move to some caramel malts and some molasses. Next up is an explosion of vanilla with some spiciness. The hops are overwhelmed by the vanilla Good mouthfeel with a full body and decent carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty solid barrel aged barley wine. The barrel characteristics dominate everything else on the tongue, which make this a little one-dimensional. Pretty solid, but I don't think it's worth the trouble trading for.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for providing this one, cbanker!

Blind Tasting and Review

Dark, murky, brown with a small dark khaki colored head that doesn't last for long and eventually leaves the glass oily and with small dots of lace.

A very nice, well integrated aroma of molasses and toffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. I wish it was all just a bit more pronounced.

The flavor is quite special, with the earthy, vanilla flavors of the bourbon marrying particularly well with the malty base beer. There's a nice hint of oak as well. Very nice and the alcohol is quite well hidden.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Very, very good.

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

BA Hi Fi Rye (Batch II)
Poured into a snifter. Thanks Jason.

On the medium-dark side of barleywine spectrum. Very delicious maltiness, some spice, ample toffee and some vanilla. Drinks like sweet bourbon, hot damn! Strong toffee in the taste that I am thoroughly loving. Finish slightly bitter with hints of delicious alcohol. Silky with medium body and carbonation, but sub par presence. Mouthfeel could be better; otherwise I loved it.

4, 4, 4.5, 4, 4.5

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Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this one, big thanks to a generous BA.

Pours a dark chestnut brown that shows through a deep, clear copper when held up to light. The head is a thick beige cap hat recedes slowly.

Aroma is really nice with an initial bourbon sweetness, definitely lots of barrel character. Caramel malts, treacle, overripe dark fruits and even some lighter fruit notes. Some molasses and chocolate notes.

Taste is also heavily alcoholic with lots of bourbon notes, vanilla nd lots of oak. There is some caramelized brown sugar, caramel malts and pears. The finish is boozy with a hefty burn.

The mouthfeel is smooth but with a spicy, barrel-heavy character. Nice creamy feel.

The aroma really had me excited, world class almost, but the taste is just a step below. It's still one hell of a beer, but still very hot with a ton of booze.

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

A: Pours a cherry brownish color with good carbonation leaving a nice tan cap

S: Big bourbon here with oak, vanilla and a brown sugary sweetness mixed with some light citrus

T: Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, American oak, some light citrus and very light pepper with rye bread with a sharp booze bite.Had a nice but subtle citrus and pine hop profile with some caramel and brown sugar.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, warm and big bodied

O: After having this after the non BA Hi Fye I found this one to be my least favorite

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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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