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Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
flossmoorstation.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
333
Reviews:
114
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
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674
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Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 11/27/11 notes. Again, another HUGE thanks to the Chicago Group in the Group BIF for sending this one. Been really wanting to have this one since I got to try the normal version at DLD. Poured into a tulip, drank side by side with the normal version.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color, much darker than the normal version, with light carbonation evident, and one inch of off white head. Amazing how much darker this one has become.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, dark fruits, vanilla, birch, toffee, and caramel malts. Smell is great and the bourbon comes out and mixes great with the caramel and vanilla.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, toasted malts, birch, and lightly toasted malts. Again, really great taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an oustanding BA barleywine, and much better than the normal version. While I think the normal version is good, this one is great. Great bourbon mixing with the vanilla and caramel malts in the nose and taste. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

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

This beauty is courtesy of fishingnet. Ok, the regular Hi Fi Rye is simply an amazing beer. Not sure how it could be any better in fact. Hmm. This BA version pours amber with copper hues and near white head. The aroma is red apples wedges covered with caramel, prunes, pine hops, spicy rye, some whiskey booze and vanilla. The taste offers up a mix of sweet vanilla, some spicy rye goodness, sweet malts, pine hops and some dark fruity esters. Thankfully the barrel notes don’t get in the way or take away any of this beer’s great flavor. Into the finish a modest level of sweet whiskey joins in.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is much darker than it’s non BA counterpart, having a brown sue with some nice golden-red highlights when held up to the light. Has a small ring of off white head that dies to a ring. 4

S: Has plenty of oaky bourbon in the smell, vanilla, cotton candy and some malt that’s more on the lighter side. I do get the caraway seeds and some other spices in the aroma as well, overall it smells quite nice, not overly sweet but has a lot of very confectionary notes that are quite appealing. 4.5

T: The smells all translate to the taste very well, a lot of vanilla, cotton candy, almond, etc. that all taste great. Also a little bit of some great rye flavors and spices that are a nice counterpoint to the sweeter flavors. A little bit of molasses too and some sweeter soda-like notes, kind of reminding me of birch beer. The flavor is quite unique and great. 4.5

M: A nice smooth feel, very little alcohol burn and what is there is good. Sweet and savory, thickish. 4.5

Overall a great beer. Would love to try this again. 4.5

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Photo of kenm2118
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of pzymali
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of monsterzero
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BZero007
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of bradycd1
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a dark caramel color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Great looking color to it.

The first thing I get in the aroma is the deep, malty flavors with notes of brown sugar, caramel and some bready rye coming out. The barrel aged character is also really fantastic in it with bourbon, oak and vanilla all wonderfully complimenting the maltiness of the underlying beer. Fantastic blend of beer and barrel characteristics.

The taste shows more of the malty caramel and bready rye flavors up front. Bourbon, oak and vanilla all come out more towards the finish. A little alcohol heat in the back end, but it doesn't feel out of place. Both the barleywine and bourbon barrel really contributes some fantastic flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an awesome beer. They did a fantastic job balancing the barleywine and bourbon characteristics in it. Both shined at points and neither felt overpowering. I loved the flavors to it overall and would definitely put this up there with my favorite barrel aged barleywines.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the non barrel-aged version.

The beer pours a clear, dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of bourbon and maple notes, with some oak and brown sugar also mixed in. I can definitely get the same notes I got from the base beer, only with all of the barrel-aged character.

The flavor is similar. I get some nice chocolate and toffee notes, as well as a lot of barrel character: vanilla, oak, bourbon and maple. All of the barrel-aged aspects come through very nicely and mix very well with the other beer notes.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I think this is a much better beer than the non barrel-aged version. Drinking them side-by-side was a great experience.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

A: Pours cloudy light brown with minimal head slight lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Bourbon , roasted malts and barley, slight hop ,rye.

T: Bourbon , rye, sweet malts with slight char, minimal hops.

O: Overall a very tasty beer that I would have again and again.

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Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brian44556 for a reasonable trade for the Hi-Fi twins before the hype train brought this one into the stratosphere. Sir, I'm sure I owe you for this one. Certain. 22 oz. bottle poured into a pair of Darkness glasses.

Pours a dark beer color, red highlights. Smell is like bourbon, vanilla, & caramel has been spilled into your Magnum P.I. mustache. As it warms, wow, the rye spice comes out. This is what good bourbon aging smells like, girls & boys.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye is tough to separate from the hype, but damn, this is good. Massive doses of vanilla, bourbon, & caramel frolic across the tongue, leaving delicious hoofprints everyplace. Spicy rye puts down a gorgeous clay base. Whispers of molasses, nice drying oak character, toffee. I'd like to have had this bomber to myself, frankly. Sharing is so overrated.

Lives up to the hype: this is spot on fabulous & close to perfect. Just great.

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Photo of JohnPPutz
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Medium copper brown color with a nice toffee colored head.

S-Sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and some rye. The smell is great.

T-Wow. This may be the best barleywine I have ever had.Caramel malts, rye spices, vanilla, toffee, oak and perfect bourbon integration. Very complex and it all works.

M-Not much carbonation and a pretty thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

O- awesome, I really hope they decide to brew this one again.

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

From 22oz bomber to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Many thanks for sharing this one, Nathan --

A: Lovely ruby brown. A good pour into a moist glass yields a .5 finger head. Minor lacing rims the glass.

S: As expected, it's sweetly fruit forward, with a hearty and generous amount of bourbony goodness encapsulating it. Just fantastic.

T: The bourbon barrel qualities in the beer have gotten to the point which I love, where it starts calming down and mellowing out just enough that the see-saw of flavors is perfectly balanced. The earthy rye come through on the mid, and as it begins pushing back, my palate is overloaded with toasty coconut and vanilla bean. There's a touch of tannin on the finish which dries the palate beautifully.

M: Not as dense as a lot of barleywines I've encountered, and I appreciate how approachable this is. The carbonation and texture here are rich and spot-on, making the brew easy to return to sip after sip.

O: Flossmoor's BA Hi-Fi Rye is fucking awesome. Just a killer American Barleywine. I've never had a keen interest in, or palate for barleywines, but I'll be damned if beers like this don't turn my head and open my eyes. Every component of this wickedly delicious brew come together to create something that I can't wait return to.

Absolutely and without question, this one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellowed brown. Some light tan head a very nice pours. Smells oaky and rye heavy. The beer drinks very nicely. Lots of vanilla and oak. Rye on the tongue. Smooth on the tongue but a bit thin. Pretty darn enjoyable. I definitely enjoy the rye character in this beer

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #3 American barleywine, shared by Thorpe at a small tasting recently, poured into a snifter. Thanks Mike.

Beer is copper to dark brown with a thin lazy head of small white bubbles, low retention, low lacing, low carbonation, about what I expected.

Aroma is strong, rye, nice malt and sweetness, mild liquor and bourbon, moderate levels, smells nice.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet throughout the beer. The liquor character is well integrated into the beer throughout and the finish is a little dry with more hints of rye and some mild bitterness perhaps from some grain. Overall it is a very nice beer, not sure it is a top 3 barleywine but I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both Mages64 and AleWatcher for getting me bottles of this in separate BIFs. Bottle shared last night at the barrel-aged barleywine tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Poured a moderate copper-brown color with a small off-white dome that diminished quickly, leaving behind some sparse spotty lacing.

The nose came forward fairly strong with the caraway seeds and rye. Mild undertones of bourbon along with light caramel. Toffee there as well. Not too complex, but nice. The flavor was a bit better with the bourbon coming out more and the caraway and rye falling into a smaller percentage of the perceivable characteristics. Mildly sweet.

Medium body with light carbonation, still appropriate for the style. Light booze and a bit of caraway and rye spice. Pretty good, but not my favorite of the night.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that fades to a big ring leaving some lacing on the glass. Like the regular version it pours thick as hell like syrup but it's much darker.

S: The nose is very weird. It has huge notes of rye and an earthy aroma I can't quite place. There are barely any barrel aromas coming out of this one besides some vanilla and the rye is huge compared to the regular version which was mainly hops and malt.

T: The taste is alot different from the nose. There are big tangy rye flavors with some vanilla, caraway/anise, and some very dark overipe fruits. It's almost sour but I hate to use that word. No hops here or the nose which is very odd.

M: The feel is even thicker than the regular version and very creamy.

O: This was nothing like I thought it would be. Maybe it wasn't cellared properly or maybe it's a bad bottle? This is now the 2nd barrel aged Rye beer I've had that tasted "off"...the other being Ry(e)an. Maybe they're not for me...

This one also had a rusty cap...maybe it's time to look into your capping and waxing technique.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to thunderroad12 for always bringing the goods to releases and sharing this one with beermeX2 and I! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured a deep red-brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. While this brew wasn't the most complex Barleywine I have had, the components in it just worked really well together. I never would have thought this was 11% either as the alcohol was not in-your-face like some 11% Barleywines I have had in the past. This one was really quite smooth and easy drinking. This is a definite must try for anyone out there if you have no already done so.

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Photo of vkv822
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown when held to the light with a half-inch toffee colored head.

Big bourbon nose, vanilla, caramel, oak. Even some dark fruit notes, perhaps I'm mistaking the rye?

The taste is again of caramel and toffee, with bourbon and the rye spice does come through in the finish more than it does in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy and just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from becoming overly viscous.

Wow. Definitely one of my favorite barelywine's I have had, if not my favorite.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was going to open this on my 25th birthday, but got distracted with Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek on tap and "special time" with my wife, neither of which i regret, i had a great birthday, and still had this bottle for the post-birthday night...right now. Sweet deal. I feel bad for drinking a bomber of this alone, but it was my B-Day present to myself.
Looks are a mahogony cherry color, deep with a thin collar. This one was still when cold but once warming to room temp gave off a bit of a ring.
The aroma is composed, i say that because it isn't outspoken in the alcohol department, and keeps that heat in check with the other componants. Oak is notable along with a dry caramel and toffee.
This one is so smooth and integrated in it's flavors, i really didn't expect this one to be so rounded. Caramel and toffee are the sinews that hold this one together, with the bourbon providing the lubrication. More Oak and Vanilla Syrups, brown sugars a bit on the finish making you smack your lips, which really could be the rye actually now that i think of it, and pancakes covered in maple syrup.
Mouthfeel is syrupy and low carb all around.

This one is pretty outstanding,and i know i am the exception to the rule, but my personal caveat would be less bourbon integration. This one really is about as close to perfect as you can get though, i just like a good strong heat. What an exceptional and complex brew this one is. I have to put this one in my top 3 BWs.

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