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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 stxSS07
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter. Split with lookitsmp for a BA barleywine tasting.

A- Pours a murky brown/blood orange with a half-finger of tan head that actually sticks around. Leaves a big film/legs on the glass.

S- Big rye component, rye bread, dark fruits, tobacco, sweet malt, bourbon/barrel notes.

T- Caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, rye shines through in the middle, pretty big bourbon/rye bite on the finish.

M- Slick, oily, low carbonation. Nice finish, but a bit hot.

O- Really fantastic brew. I think this might be mind-blowing if a bit of age smooths out the alcohol bite.

*Improving as of 7/27/12. Edited to reflect*

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Photo of kif
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the bottle release today. Ended up just missing out on the bottles, and some really nice guy in the parking lot sold me one of his. So I will be able to try it again! Thanks to that guy for hooking me up!

A: Chocolately dark brown pour with a small tan head that dissipates quickly to just some small bubbles.

S: Strong bourbon smell. Almost to the point of overwhelming the other scents. You do get some vanilla and spice smells as well.

T: Just like the smell, there is a lot of bourbon in the taste. This is followed by some oak from the barrel along with vanilla. Towards the end, the rye makes an appearance with some spiciness. Pretty complex.

M: Perfectly carbonated for the style. The body is medium to full. Pretty smooth.

O: A complex beer that shines as an example of barrel aging. The barrel flavors are clearly present but do not overwhelm the rest of the flavors. Definitely the best Rye wine I have tried.

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Photo of Treebs
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 bottle release. Got skunked on bottles, but had a few of these and it made up for it.

A: Pours a murky dark brown with hues of mahogany around the edges. A bubbly light tan head forms on the pour recedes to a thick collar that leaves some splotchy stick behind.

S: Sweet bourbon, vanilla and toffee fill the nose right away and it gives way to a mild oak, brown sugar, burnt bitter sugar and some alcohol soaked dark fruits.

T: The taste follows the nose, but is much more complex and balanced. The barrel shines through a lot more with a smooth bourbon, light oak, sweet vanilla and caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Dark fruity notes show themselves here and there as well. There is a mild cocoa towards the backend and a minimal rye spice on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden and there is just a mild warming towards the finish.

M: Creamy and smooth with a heavily flavored body and a medium to low carbonation. The finish is a smooth and sweet bourbon barrel with a touch of rye.

O: A delicious beer and very well balanced. I was expecting more rye spice to come out, but I actually didn't miss it too much when all was said and done. The alcohol is very well hidden and this is a must try beer.

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Photo of Agold
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the release this morning at the bottle release. This is a very cloudy brown beer with just about no head and absolutely no lacing. Not very attractive. A nice vanilla, woody aroma with a bit of caramel. Flavor is big toffee, caramel, oak, not quite so much vanilla, some nice spicyness with some nice warmth. Mouthfeel is medium heavy low carb, could use a bit more carb, but nice anyway.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewery

A- pours a murky toffee brown, little head.

S- strong bourbon aroma, some caramel sweetness

T- more big bourbon flavors, caramel, molasses and toffee sweetness, some spice in the finish.

M- medium to full bodied, slick feel, some whiskey burn on the end.

O- a pretty good bourbon beer, the spiciness gives it some nice kick

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

Good retention, collar, long lasting carbonation. Small pond scum skim.

Smells like cheap bourbon, a bit of strong oxidized hops. Caramel, maple syrup, molasses. Light rye spice. Definite malt grain background.

Tastes.... Big bourbon sweetness, alcoholic burn, lingering rye and oxidized hops. It's mellowed completely. The body is earthen, vegetal. Very smooth flavors. Letting it sit is a burning nose nature but nowhere else. Perfect carbed.

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

22oz bomber with silver wax poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a a dark brown with a nice small brown head. Nose is bourbon and malt, a big bitter from the rye.

Taste is complex and rich, a bit sweet, light bourbon and vanilla oakiness. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Really good carbonation. A sharp bitterness. Very tasty.

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Photo of claspada
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version courtesy of GhettoFabulous, cannot thank him enough, hardest beer I have ever had to track down.

Pours much darker than the regular version. A viscous darkish brown in color with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Same thickness but darker; barrels will do that. Not much lacing; barrels will also do that.

Aromas begin with barrel imparted smellvalets of vanilla, dark caramel and maple syrup all providing sweetness. Light rye bourbon with so,e substantial toffee notes that emerge more as it warms. Not getting any hops or rye malt or caraway seeds like I got in the original. Smells like it has been cellared for several years.

The tastes begin Intensely sweet, but not cloying, sounds strange but it works. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, maple syrup and toffee are all there and seem to work perfectly together. The rye character that was present in the original is not present here, but I really don't care because this is spectacular. The barrel and bourbon are dominant but not abrasive. I am normally a fan of beers that are only partially aged in a spirit barrel because 100% are usually too much for my palate but this is superb. Even as it warms the alcohol is subtle and complements the rich dark caramels, toffee and vanilla flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a somewhat low level of carbonation, but a really smooth feel on the tongue. Once again this is so smooth it is crazy. The barrel imparted flavors are so prevalent but work synergistically with the base barleywine. The finish lingers a little, sweetness and light drying spirit flavors.

Overall I was worried about this beer because I have been recently overwhelmed by many barrel aged beers, but this was freakin' amazing. So balanced and yet so intense on the palate, quite drinkable and yet his deserves to be sipped and savored. I wish I could have tasted a little more of the base beer (mainly the rye and caraway seeds that I enjoyed last night with the base beer), but this beer is still so darn tasty. Best barrel aged barleywine I have ever had by far and only a year of age; crazy. Find it, get it, hoard it, savor it. Top notch beer here.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle sharred with Sournotes and Mothman.

A- Pours an attractive dark reddish brown mahogany color, ½ finger off white head that dissipates to a thin layer around the glass, fairly opaque, orange hues come off the bottom.
S- Wow phenomenal aroma, delicious bourbon upfront, huge vanilla and caramel, toffee, booze is present but balanced, such a rich smell, I cannot wait to try this.
T- This beer is amazing so smooth, love the bourbon and vanilla that come out, caramel and toffee, spice is present from the caraway seeds, nice sweetness, slight dark fruits, amazing complex beer.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, so smooth silky smooth so balanced well carbonated.
O- This beer is mind blowing, so complex and balanced, extremely easy drinkability for it being 11% abv, I could not ask for a more satisfying BA Barleywine, it’s going to be hard to find a BA Barleywine that would top this baby.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small edits on 2012.01.03 to reflect a second bottle generously sent by lurchingbeast. Thanks again, Frank.

Original scores: 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.5

A: Upon peeling off the wax, I noticed a surprising (and scary) amount of rust around the edges of the cap, along with some moisture on the top of it. Very odd. Wax is hydrophobic, so I'm guessing the water was there before the wax was applied. Why?

Anyway, the beer pours a clear maroon body with slight ruby highlights against the light. The head is extremely thin, composed of medium-sized tan bubbles that quickly retreat into a thin collar.

S: Dominated by caramelly bourbon and vanilla at first, but it gives way to rye, meaty oxidation, a touch of oak; toffee and some brown sugar reveal the contributions of the base beer. Unlike my first bottle, consumed in September 2011, this one actually emits light tangy, spicy notes that must be the caraway seeds. I happen to like heavily seeded rye bread, and at this point, BA Hi-Fi Rye has hit my sweet spot for smelling like liquid, barrel-aged rye bread.

T: The beer is on the sweeter end; caramel, vanilla, and toffee base set the initial taste. I happen to love this particular combination in barrel-aged barleywines (it was the best part of Abacus before that beer faded). The mid-taste showcases oxidation, which has progressed since the last time I had this beer. Slight sherry notes have become meatier, giving the beer a hearty feel that accentuates its light caraway-rye bread flavor. The spice, coupled with oak tannins, gives the impression of a drying finish. It's a good close to what could have been a cloying, all-barrel beer. The flavors seem to be in good balance; as with any beer, improvement with age is a roll of the dice, but I think it's drinking great now, and I wouldn't age another bottle if I had one.

M: Medium-plus bodied. Low-medium carbonation. No heat; the suggestion to wait a few months on this worked wonders. The flavors are in superb balance, and while the beer starts off sweet, it cleans up after itself nicely. Each sip is a fresh experience, and a pleasant one.

O: If I'm not mistaken, this was released around the same time Abacus was, but while Abacus has declined considerably since release, this one seems to have improved. I believe this is what people were hoping Hellshire I would be. This is quite well done.

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

Drank this as part of a barleywine tasting along some others. One of the better of the bunch. It poured a dark amber color with an offwhite had that left some lacing. Rye is there as well as bourbon that is somewhat mellow. Tastes very good with bourbon and some spice from rye. Sets it apart a bit and breaks up the normal barleywine sweetness that can be to much. The body is medium and finishes in a dry way that is good. Sure it will get better with age, this is a good beer.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First bottling, 2010 vintage; bottle poured into a Fantome tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany color that is mostly hazy. About 1/2" of offwhite head forms, which doesn't last too long but forms a nice ring around the edges of the glass. A bit of lacing sticks around as well.

Smell: Smells of rich toffee, caramel, and strongly of oak and vanilla. Very light bourbon notes present at this point, but still present. I only get a hint of rye character, but it does add a bit of breadiness and light spiciness.

Taste: Rich toffee, big oak and vanilla presence. The bourbon presence is light but still present, as is the rye. Good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy in body, with moderate, fine carbonation that is perfect. Luscious, full and smooth. Overall, a great BA barleywine. Rich and pretty unique. The rye gives it an extra level of complexity.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, sampled in a snifter.

Beer looks as expected for style and ABV; dark copper with thin, bubbly white head with low retention and lacing. Strong aroma, spice and rye, sweet and malt with medium booze and bourbon. Flavor was a little more enjoyable and had more depth than the aroma with a stronger bourbon presence blending the toffee and camamel malt and light rye spiciness. Medium bodied, low carbonation and slightly dry finish. Aging well, starting to open up, will be fun to revisit.

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Photo of vissai
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this side by side with Wooden Hell and Brandy Dark Lord.

Thanks Vick!

A: Dark deep chocolate brown with a tinge of red. Heavy pour yields a quarter inch of head. looks very rich and sets the stage for an overall amazing beer.

S: I don't know what bourbon barrels were used but smell is very similar to Wooden Hell. The only difference to my novice nose was the spice that followed. Like rye bread that had fallen into a glass full of caramel and bourbon. Fantastic.

T: Holy F*ck! Mind blowing, so complex, so balanced. Not to sweet, so much barrel. The caraway seeds are a welcome change from BA barleywines and bring another level of complexity and make this beer one of the best I had in 2011.

M: What Wooden Hell was probably like 2-3 years ago. Almost whipped and frothy. Definitely on the thicker side. Alcohol heat was no where to be found.

O: An amazing beer that really lives up to any hype it has. It was by consenus better than Wooden Hell was based on mouthfeel and body. Flossmoor Station definitely knows how to make some fantastic barrel aged barleywines. If you haven't had this one its is worth the hunt.

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

It's cold today, so it as good as time as any to finally crack this one open. Thanks so much Bobby!

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark, burnt carmel color with a slight tan head. The head has good retention and slowly fadess to the edges.

S - Lots of bourbon are noticable at first, then some sweet dark fruit, toffee, carmels, and a slight oak.

T - Wow! Carmel and toffee softness coat the mouth with an ever so slight bourbon and vanilla finish. So good.

D - Smooth and soft on the tongue, oily body, lower carbonation.

O - So amazing. I really love this. I see why everyone wants a WH. This is the best BW I have had to date.

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