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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, citrus zest, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a really nice bourbon barrel aged presence all around.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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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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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't remember who gave this to me, might be from the person who tried to screw me over, and screwed a bunch of people over on trades, but later found the courage to send stuff out... but don't remember. Shared with rudzud and kyle.

Pretty much no head, semi clear but dark toasty iced tea brown color.

Nose brings a nice barleywine like sweet but aged soft nicely boiled malts, candy malts, caramel, toffee, nice mild smoke, a little oxidation, hint fudgey chewy fudge and brownie, mild vanilla oak barrel and touch of bourbon whisky.

Taste is semi sweet, with lots of nice aged soft malts, creamy soft brown malts, toffee, some smoke and campfire notes, with a fudgey brownie cocoa, and a little booze. Then big bitter piney spicy hops surprisingly. Mild bourbon notes, little barrel note. Finish is semi sweet not really syrupy, nice bitter earthy spicy hops, mild booze, nice caramel toffee soft aged malt candy, aged little bourbon barrel note.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice softness, light carb, little booze.

Overall pretty nice, hint of oxidation, just a bit of smoke and bourbon barrel is light, but great aged malt and barleywine characters, even hops stayed nicely.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Todd for grabbing this one. Served in a snifter at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Transparent dark brown body.

S - Big vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, caramel, red fruits, and light traces of oak and bourbon. Quite sweet and quite appealing, albeit a tad mono-dimensional. Very evocative of Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye.

T - Again, fairly sweet, with loads of caramel brown sugar, vanilla, and nebulous fruity notes. Oak and bourbon provide some tangy balance in the finish, keeping things out of the cloying realm.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with a sticky, chewy texture, and pleasant lower moderate carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth, but nothing untoward for 11.1%.

D - This was a very good barrel-aged barleywine on all fronts. I would happily drink this again and hope that Flossmoor (or Nick at GI-Clybourn) remakes this in some manner. Could use perhaps a tad more bourbon presence and already seems pretty mellow after only 6 months, so may not stand the test of time, but very good at the moment.

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