Bourbon Barrel Aged Beelzebeer (BA 666) | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 05-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of brystmar
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Flossmoor.

Blah-looking pour with zero head and lace. Strong bourbon and roasty malts in the nose, plus plenty of booze. Taste follows suit: wildly boozy with an overdose of bourbon barrels. Totally overpowers the actual flavor of the base beer to the point where I cannot tell what the base is.

A disappointment overall.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap....wish I could have had all the varients...oh well.

A- Pours a darker brown color. One finger tan head shows poor retention and collars the top of the beer. No real lacing as it seems to all fall back into the beer itself.

S- I get tons of sweeter bourbon and oak right off the get go. Vanilla comes out a little in the middle with a sweet caramel malt as well. The backend is still a little hot but hints of chocolate covered black licorice hints at the every end. Alcohol tingles the nose.

T- Bourbon notes and oak cover a almost vanilla/roasted malt base. Middle of the beer shows off a light black licorice flavor that actually goes well with the beer altogether. More bourbon in the backend with yet more oak. The barrel really dominates the beer which I assume only means the base beer was crushed overall when aged in this barrel. (No shit Josh)

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was heathy for the style. Barrel notes are the only thing are left on the palate and last long into the aftertaste with alcohol covering it up in the aftertaste. Flavors were kind of one sided but this was not to go against what it said it was. No off flavors were presented. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I thought this was a wonderful beer that I suppose turned out alright. I never had the base beer by itself so I can't tell the overall changes and had to guess at them while drinking it aside from the barrel notes. Nice one Flossmoor!

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the pre DLD event, poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown color with some light coming through at the edges. One finger of tan head fades and leaves a layer.

Smell: Sweet with mild roast. Hint of honey sweetness and some bourbon as well.

Taste: Sweet and roast with hints of dark chocolate and mild bourbon. The finish is sweet and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. The finish was dry.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Kind of tasted like a bourbon chocolate bar. I would have another if I ever got the chance.

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Photo of jale
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flossmoor's pre- DLD event.

A: Pours almost black with a finger of brown head.

S: Initial oak with roasted malt and some caramel.

T: Huge oakiness upfrontby some alcohol heat. Slight sweet vanilla finishing with some coffee and hop bitterness.

M: Medium body but a little thin to me.

O: I would have liked a little less oak. I could drink another.

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Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap the brewpub during the 2011 Dark Lord Eve festivities. Poured into a plastic cup.

A: Clear dark brown body with a thin cap of frothy tan foam that settles into a solid ring. Ok.

S: Sweet, bourbon-soaked oak dominates: vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel, chocolate, and anise. Deep, rich, and complex. Wow.

T: Coffee makes a surprise entrance, leading the way to the bourbon, vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, and licorice. Boozy finish. Tasty, but a trifle harsh.

M: Thick, prickly, and highly carbonated. Interesting, but not ideal for the style.

O: While I really enjoyed drinking this beer, it was noticeably lacking in balance and cohesion. The big, sweet, boozy flavors were all great individually, but never managed to work together to create a unified whole. The barrel notes really took over, which was too bad since there were so many interesting nuances from the malt that never really managed to assert themselves. I bet some time in a bottle would do wonders for this monster.


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap pre-DLD.

A - This beer looks the same as the base beer sitting in the glass next to it: Porter-ish with a filmy head.

S - The -bal aging has led this brew in a better direction, pretty obviously. The nose offers vanilla, sweet oak, softer notes of chocolate and graham cracker, and has a slightly boozy sting.

T - The flavor has sweet vanilla, oak, chocolate, and almond overtones atop a dark-fruity and mildly roasty base contribution. Lots of barrel. This tastes (and smells) quite a bit better than the regular 666 in the glass next to it.

M - Thinner, and quite carbonated for a -bal. Works well.

O - The brew is pretty nice, and the whole in this case is perhaps better thanthe sum of its parts. Although it is definitely overshadowed by the two stunners of the evening, BA 666 Raspberry and BA Magnolia Star Malt Liquor, I have enjoyed it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Flossmoor for pre-DLD. Served in a plastic cup.

A - All the variants looked largely similar. Half-finger of quick-dissolving dark tan foam that settled to a patchy cap and thick ring. Body is near-black with transparent brown glints at the fringes.

S - So much barrel here - loads of coconut, bourbon, vanilla mingle with some of the dark fruits, chocolate, and candi sugar from the base beer.

T - Nice sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, oak, bourbon. It's all barrel, but whatever they aged this in was pretty delicious. Not quite as poppin' as the aroma, but good nonetheless.

M - The barrel-aged version is a bit thin and still maintains some of the zesty carbonation from the base beer. Finishes quite oaky, dry, and tannic.

D - The barrel-aging obliterates the base beer, but in this case it's a positive as the taste of bourbon and wood is a massive improvement. I would have ordered another glass of this if there hadn't been so many other things to try.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a jet brown with light tan head that last for a good bit, and is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The dry cream and dark caramel and sugar notes have a beautiful oak finish with vanilla qualities growing as the beer opens up.

T- The smooth dark roasted malt has some caramel notes and a dark sugar note to follow. There is a finish of oak with a good bourbon quality and some vanilla that also grows as the beer opens. There is a nice wood flavor that lingers after each sip and a paper straw flavor that comes out of it.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has no real alcohol heat and is almost silky

O- This is a delicious smooth beer that has everything blended very nicely and is in balance. The oak flavor lingers nicely after the caramel, toffee, and dark malt characters blend together.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Beelzebeer (BA 666) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 10 ratings