Barrel Aged Fireside Chat | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

Barrel Aged Fireside ChatBarrel Aged Fireside Chat
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Barrel Aged Fireside ChatBarrel Aged Fireside Chat

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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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Jeffo
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from jbeatty and cpferris. Cheers guys!

From a bomber into a snifter
American barleywine aged in Woodford bourbon barrels for 5 months

APPEARANCE: Pours a ½ finger, looser, slightly crackly, off-white or china pure beige head with decent retention. Head fades to a half swirly wisp and ring. Deep mahogany red in color, clear, with medium levels of carbonation for the style. A faint ring and swirly wisp remain but leave no lacing down the glass. Head a little sub-par, but the body and wisp are attractive.

SMELL: Really nice. Bold nose of caramel and toffee, dried fruits, light citrus hops and some well measured bourbon barrel. Oak, coconut and sweet vanilla cream mesh well with the base beer. Really good.

TASTE: Outstanding. Caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Dried fruits with dark, fruity sweetness as well. The finish is big and lingering with more caramel, butterscotch sweetness and some bitter, citrus hops balancing the bourbon barrels. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut with a touch of spicy alcohol lingering on the palate. Really flavorful and very well balanced; the barrel is great but the base beer is very complex and interesting as well. Plenty of malty, fruity sweetness, piney or citrus bitterness, alcohol and sweet, layered bourbon barrels. Excellent.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium-low levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, lots of weight, goes down smooth with a delayed burn after the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers. Full, velvety smooth and creamy with just the right amount of measured heat. Great stuff.

OVERALL: This was awesome. Based on the reviews here I wasn't expecting this to be that good. Only the head on this one could reasonably be improved, while the rest of the experience is unreal. The complexity and balance of flavor is top notch and the nose and feel bring the whole package together. One of the best in the style for sure. Thanks again for the bottles gents. Definitely something I'd like to drink more of.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby copper color along with a frothy tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind slight lacing throughout. Aromas offer a plethora of flavors offering mellow oak, vanilla, dried fruit and plums along with gentle orange peel, toffee, caramel, carmelized and toasty malts. The flavors show vanilla, wet oak, some bourbon, dried fruit, caramel, and that distinct Woodford Reserve toasty coconut is present as well. Sticky mouthfeel and that toasty, gentle dryness, spice, mellow barrel, and a touch of body lingers on around the finish. Overall, a real nice and complex barleywine aged in one of my favorite bourbon brands.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep brownish color with some crimson highlights, dirty white cap sits afloat. The head retention was moderately good and some light lacing

S: Very aromatic. The beer provides the scents of oak, rich caramel, similar to a caramello candy bar with some rich milk chocolate. Some subtle darker fruits way in the back

T: Initially I get a nice blend of great flavors. A dark fruit melody blended with a whiskey dipped caramel candy bar. A lit bit of vanilla underneath. The bourbon is hidden and blended well into the body of the beer. The finish is warming, decadent, sweet with lots of flavor

M: Medium-full bodied, low-medium carbonation, sweet feel on the mouth, decadent, coating and delightful.

O: This was excellent. I thought the blending of flavors on this beer was amazing. Not one flavor dominated. The body was great, carbonation was great...this beer was great! Thanks Libbey!

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Barrel Aged Fireside Chat from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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