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Flossmoor Station Barrel Aged Fireside Chat Barleywine

Flossmoor Station Barrel Aged Fireside Chat Barleywine
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Fireside chat was 1st brewed as a homebrew by Mark Westmeyer on 12-27-2010. The grist was made up of pilsner base malt extract, pale chocolate, crystal 40, and crystal 60 (and a pinch of Cara Brown). The hop additions were Nugget for bittering, Centennial, Chinook, and Amarillo at the end of the boil.

When we brewed Fireside Chat with Mark at Flossmoor Station on August, 1st, 2011 our grist bill was 990lbs of TF Optic 2-row, 55 lbs of TF Chocolate , 50 lbs of Briess C-40, 50 lbs of Briess C-60 and 50 lbs of Evaporated Cane Juice. The hop additions we used were 352 oz of Nugget and 14.2 oz of Summit for bitterning and 176 oz of Centennial Type, Summit and Galena at Whirlpool.

We did two separte mashes and used the weak runnings from the first mash as our strike water for the second mash. It was a long brew day but we hit our original gravity of 28 degrees plato! We used a California ale strain to ferment and the finished beer ended up being 11.1% abv. Instead of releasing an 11.1% American Barleywine in August, Nick and I decided to take what we needed to enter the beer in the Pro Am category at GABF and barrel age the remaining 11.0 bbls into oak barrels. We racked out 4 oak barrels with Mark (6.8 US bbls) Feb 5th, exactly 5 months after it had been racked into barrels. Each barrel tasted different. We blended all four together and the result is the delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (1887) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Adam. Waxed. For my pleasure. Aroma is straight sweet sugar, syrup, and diabetes. Very chewy. Lots of sweet. Much thick. Moderate booze. Minimal boost warning tho. But it hits ya. Solid. Beer. Bro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1055) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2014
750 ml bottle - tasted next to the Wooden Hell & Hi-Fi Rue BA 2010. Best of all three. Pours deep amber, quite some hoppiness to counter the deep chaocolate and vanilla aroma. Still hard on the alcohol compared to midnight sun barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Dark caramel colored pour, small tan head. Very sweet up front and quite a bit of heat from the alcohol. Good flavors of vanilla and brown sugar, but the alcohol detracts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5439) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Taster at FoBAB. Looks solid; a fairly transparent dark amberish copper with off-white lacing. Smells of dark fruit and oak with a bit of booziness. Tastes like it smells, but boozier. Average on the palate. I don’t know if they used virgin oak for all of the barreling or if they used spirited barrels, but either way it gives off some hot booziness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Sampled at GABF. Pours a caramel amber with some creamy, beige head. Nose is smokey, sweet, boozy, caramel, brown sugar, malt. Flavor is super sweet and boozy, rum, cane sugar. Super sweet finish. Needs a lot of time to mellow out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
GABF 2013. Deep dark brown-almost stout like. Boozy, sweeter style stout, with nice vanilla and other BA characteristics. Toasted marshmallow. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8429) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Draft at GABF. Pours dark amber brown with tan head. Nose and taste of bourbon, wood, caramel malt, toffee, chewy dark fruit and oak. Full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
GABF Pro-Am Table 2012 (Adam: feel free to move my rate, I don’t see any other versions of Fireside Chat). Pours with a hazed brown hued body with an off-white head. Hugely boozy aroma with brown sugar, nutty, earthy, leathery, chestnuts. Flavors are extremely sweet, bitter and a hint metallic. Light char, some chocolate. Full bodied and quite warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (883) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Nearly opaque brown, no head. A lot of burnt sugar in the nose. Flavor leads with a lot of alcohol, some burnt sugar and a bit of dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle in Chicago with TheAlum. Thanks Adam! Pours a fairly cloudy, red orange appearance with thin tan head. Somewhat spicy, fairly sweet, caramel, light coconut, a bit fruity aroma. Quite sweet, caramel, molasses, vanilla, coconut, somewhat boozy whiskey, a bit herbal flavor. Pretty solid

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