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Flossmoor Station Hi-Fi Rye Wine

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Our "Hi-Fi Rye" is brewed with almost 60% malted rye to give this beer a very rich and intense maltiness. The American hop varieties used impart complex citric, spicy, earthy notes, and combine to amplify the rye character. The tradition of the barley wine-style ale is carried out with this ode in rye. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bomber, cream wax dipped. The pour yields a clear, dark, figgy-brown body with violet and crimson hues. A billowing head of smooth, consistent, beige tinted foam. Slowly settling to a thin, swirly film, the head leaves thin, tattered cobweb trails of hard lacing on the glass. Caraway seed is immediate and unmistakeable on the nose, as is abundant toasted rye, creamy caramel, and chocolate roast. Hints of stewed raisins lend a bit of dark, earthy, fruity sweetness, as warming alcohol and a hint of anise let you know this stuff means business. It’s not very hoppy, but the dark, dry roast brings thigs into balance. Flavors largely follow suit, showing notes of sticky burnt caramel, dry cocoa, toasted nuts, and maybe a bit of molasses. Raisin is there again, as is the spicy rye, caraway, and bready-peppery yeast. Alcohol is more prominent than I’d like, as a low, rolling warmth intensifies to an almost full-on burn at the bittersweet, burnt toffee finish. Big bodied, the palate is moderately carbonated,finishig with a sticky, cloyig consistency and the aforementioned alcohol burn. This reminds me a bit of Julio’s Rye(a)n Ale, only more boozy, not as well balanced, and minus the barrel character. In other words, it’s very solid, but it falls well short of Smuttynose’s rye wine masterpiece.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
22 oz. Thanks to BrewEngineer. Hazy dark brown. Aroma is sweet and alcohol. Taste is on the verge of cloyingly sweet. Spicy finish. Overall a little on the sweet side but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3991) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering XII. Big malty biscuit, caramel, scotch, sweetness helps to balance out the spicy rye character. Very good. I really like this for the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of BrewEngineer at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Clear dark amber body with a very small frothy off-white head. Very spicy dark fruit and citrus aroma. Sweet caramel, citrus and big spice flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Caramelized sugars with dark fruits and moderate spiciness in aroma. Clear deep ruby amber with small white head. Sweet with nice warming. Moderate dark fruits and caramelized sugars with robust spicy bitterness. Full body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle from a trade with msante79. Pours dark brown color with khaki head. Aromas of rye, dark fruits, molasses and citrus. Flavors of spicy rye, raisins, molasses and citrus fruits. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Mark.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Bottle with extreme thanks to not so Secret Santa Msante79. Amazing brew! Pours almost black with brownish hues and tan head. Nose is dark raisin, dark fruits and molasses. Taste of raisin, thick caramel, molasses, rye and spice. Beautifully crafted master brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
shared on 4/12/10 by dakine. nutty brown color with a pale tannish head. it smells like toasted caraway seeds, malt, caramel and mint. the flavor is quite heavy on rye.... caramel is there as well as spice and a bitter finish. medium body. rich but rye spice thins it out a touch. neat.8/4/8/4/17/4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole -- thanks!! Pours brown in color with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes of hops, gelatin, rye bread, and licorice. Yes, please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours brown with a small tan had. Aroma is of rye, malt, dark fruit, sugar, and caramel. Taste is actually pretty big on the rye. There is also lots of dark fruit, sugar, spice, and caramel. Very dry malt base evens the beer out. As it warms, more raisin starts to come through. Lingering taste of rye and dark fruit. Very light, creamy mouthfeel. It’s boozy, but not in a bad way. I really liked this beer.

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