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Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1242
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%


Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2009)
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Original score: (4.5/4.0/4.0/4.5/4.0)

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

After finding another bottle of this, I decided to put it down for a couple months and see how the hops fade/malts come out. The end result balances out damn near perfectly, becoming even less harsh and more drinkable. There are still hops on the finish, but it's a subtle quality that rounds out the initial maltiness. It's not hyper-complex like some Belgian ales, but subtly complex (moreso than a younger bottle) as a good barleywine should be. The texture, naturally, is thick and a little syrupy, but the hops provide a great touch of dryness. If it weren't for my preference against toasted caramel malt backbones, this would score even higher (read: into the fabled 4.5+ range) Still, I love the savory leather/tobacco qualities it develops at a warmer temperature.

End result? Troegs does it again. I'd love to see a BA version of this in the near future.

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22 oz. bottle poured into a glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with low clarity. The head is a two finger light mocha color with impressive retention and thick sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. A good looking barleywine that showcases its amber ale roots nicely.

S: Lots of tropical fruit - mango, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple - with a bit of an herbal/pine kick as well. Darker fruit are also found when concentrating for aromatic nuances, as well as its caramel malt base and some alcohol. It doesn't break ground, but it's a great scent.

T: First thing I notice is how well the hops and the malt backbone coalesce with one another - it's not a harsh barleywine despite the notable presence of alcohol. The malt backbone provides strong caramel/toffee flavors along with a bit of charred ash, tobacco and smoke. Some powdered dark chocolate on the finish. Slight resiny buildup on the aftertaste, but nowhere near to the level of Bigfoot. Alcohol is prevalent throughout, occasionally becoming a little overbearing at times. Rather than completely relying on subtle malt nuances, this chooses to create a simpler malt base, and allow the citric hops to work in harmony together. In this regard, balance is crucial, luckily it features just that.

Having said that, allowing it to warm up will reveal some malt subtleties - however minor they may be - in the progression of flavors. Had there been a little more nuance in the malt base, this would have received a higher score. It's great right now, but I envision this being even better with about a year of age on it. (Shame on me not buying multiple bottles of this...)

M: Thick, rich, and silky smooth, with a lingering bitter aftertaste, both from the malt and hop profiles. Hints of a finishing dryness pop up. Alcohol nicely warms the throat and stomach. Carbonation and drinkability are low (in a good way); this is meant to be sipped slowly, and it's perfectly aware of that fact.

O: It isn't perfect, but it's a hoppy barleywine that does a great job of refusing to forsake its malt backbone for hop domination. On a personal note, I'm not terribly fond of the burnt caramel malt backbone, but reviewing it objectively, it still works well with everything else going on. Not what I expected from a barleywine - but exactly what I expected from a revved up Nugget Nectar. In spite of its numerous merits though, I'd take NN over this quite easily. Still a very nice barleywine, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 21:02:30 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.