Flossmoor Station Barrel Aged Fireside Chat Barleywine

RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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!

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djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2016
Bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is french toast, vanilla, brown sugar. Thick mouth, very boozy, vanilla, oak, nice sweetness, really enjoyed this.

jrob21 (3774) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Sample on Sunday. Hops have faded and this is a malty chewy caramel bomb. I used to love these things and now they are just not working quite the same way for me. Molasses and dark ripe purple fruit. Plum, cherry. Chewy toffee malt and caramel. Everything you would want in a drink like this.

chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2015
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.

bytemesis (8989) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle - thanks Tooch4321! Pours hazy deep chestnut, small fizzy tan head that mostly dissipates leaving a ring that laces well. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark sugars. Flavor is quite sweet, lots of dark sugars, toffee, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, light bitterness, a bit of orange zest. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel. Fairly hot, but otherwise a damn nice beer.

Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Opens with a slight hiss and pours a murky brown/red with a very small white head. Aroma and flavor of overripe dark fruit, booze, oak chips, leather, brown sugar, and vanilla. Finish is boozy and sweet with the dark fruit shining through the most. Good.

Homer321 (5168) - Melboring, 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.

gEUS (1637) - 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.

daknole (11050) - 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.

b3shine (9073) - 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.

nimbleprop (8723) - 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.

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