Barrel Aged Fireside Chat | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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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
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of MasterSki
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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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Clear deep persimmon body with a thin ring of tan froth on top. Lovely color, but nothing special overall.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted oak, spicy alcohol, and dark fruits. Big, bold, and enticing.

T: Emphasis is on the toffee sweetness and bourbony oak. Vanilla, treacle, and oak. Chewy marzipan and raisin finish. Warmth with no burn on the aftertaste. Very tasty.

M: Cream, full body. Luscious.

O: Great beer, and by far the best of the three barrel-aged offerings I got to try during my visit to Flossmoor; this one blew BA Finlaggin and BA ThunderSnow out of the water, and I was terribly disappointed to find that they weren't filling growlers.


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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, ruby, mahogany color with a small, off-white head. Scent is pretty damn good. Great bourbon aroma that is heavy on the dark fruits. Lots of raisin and figs. A little bit of leather with tobacco as well. Smells sweet, malty, and boozy. Taste is initially sweet with bourbon and vanilla...a bit of toffee. Some lovely dark fruit flavors, along with booze. Lots of raisin and fig flavors. More booze. Mouthfeel is sticky, full-bodied, and on the chewy side. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I didn't know what to expect from this beer, but it ended up impressing me. Not super complex, but very good bourbon and dark fruit flavors. A bit hot.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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