Barrel Aged Fireside Chat | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

Barrel Aged Fireside ChatBarrel Aged Fireside Chat
BA SCORE
93%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 100 ratings
Barrel Aged Fireside ChatBarrel Aged Fireside Chat
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Barleywine aged in old Woodford Reserve barrels.

Added by Treebs on 03-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
100
Liked:
93
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
8.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of jmarsh123
3.12/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours rusty brown with some reddish hue near the edges. Small beige head quickly recedes. A touch of lacing.

Smells like a bourbon soaked raisin. Lots of caramel in the aroma as well along with some winter spices.

The nose is slightly sweet, but nothing compared to the flavor. Boozy raisin is present in a big way. Lots of caramel notes and other dark fruits overpower the nuances of the barrel. Light spiciness along with a touch of alcohol burn near the end.

Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very chewy. Mouthfeel was the only reason I could finish my pour. Brought everything up a notch.

Was really looking forward to this and ended up disappointed. Is it bad? No, but considering barreled barleywines are among my favorite style I certainly expected much more so style specific it grades out lower. The barrel presence is kind of muddled and the flavors really don't seem to gel properly. By the time it warmed up the sweetness was too much limiting drinkability.

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Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of FullObs
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review from written notes, thanks to Justin for sharing!

Two separate pours into a rounded tumbler glass. Color was a tawny reddish orange with fine clarity, some spotty foam that clung to the sides of the glass.

Rich and sweet aroma, brown sugar and whiskey, dried fruits.

Boozy and sweet with flavors of bourbon, caramel malts and trace molasses. Viscous and sticky on the lips, it's just short of cloying. Potent in small doses and best shared. Didn't seem especially complex or nuanced, not bad at all, just not a favorite.

Draft at GTMW '13: A bit more melded and mellowed, super rich and sweet but a little more drinkable than the bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle poured dark but clear red-brown with a decent head.
Very rich flavor with moderately strong input from the barrel aging.
Feel, aroma and flavor are all a bit boozy but it's not hot and the malts are able to contribute.
Full, syrupy body.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Prager62
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown pour, cloudy, with a thin tan head that receded to a bubbly ringlet. Nose was malt-dominant, bready, caramelly, lesser notes of vanilla, raisins, barrel. More of this in the taste, caramel malts, run raisin, vanilla/bourbon/oak profile, but not too sweet or intense, allowing some subtle leafy and earthy hop notes in. Body was edging towards the fuller side of medium, but never quite got there, chewy, but not quite as rich or full as some of the other barleywines that were consumed side-by-side with this one...e.g. MoAS, King Henry, BarBar. Still a good beer overall, and I was glad to have tried it.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

A- pours a dark copper with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- brown sugar, caramel, plum and dark fruits, vanilla.

T- brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, light bourbon, and vanilla.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Smooths out as it warms with some syrupy feel.

O- good BA Barleywine. A little sweet but has nice dark fruit notes to complement.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of wyatt13
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Roger85
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 93% out of 100 with 100 ratings
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