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Tröegs Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,378
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 5.05%
Wants: 178
Gots: 239 | FT: 9
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2009

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap in a 10oz glass at Bodega on 6/29/10

Dark amber brown; some cloudiness. Poured a thin layer of short-lived foam. Ring on retention & one solitary spot of lace.

Lots of hops in the nose. Floral overtones with dense, juicy citrus & some pine. Caramel & a touch of brown sugar. Smells an awful lot like an Imperial Red Ale.

Tastes like a cross between an Imperial Red & a Barleywine. Malts are more apparent: toasted caramel & brown sugar. Maybe a slight hint of toffee, but not much. Dense, resiny hops, blending citrus & pine tar.

Full bodied; carbonation is moderately low - just enough. Gritty, sticky-sweet feel. Mild alcohol heat. Juicy hops & caramel finish it out.

Drinkability is ok, I guess. I find it too sweet. Somewhat off-kilter for the style, seemingly Flying Mouflan isn't set on being a Barleywine. Overall it's alright, but really weird. I have to dock it for style. (895 characters)

Photo of snegopady
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Reading other, very enthusiastic reviews, I'm not even certain I had the same beer. Aroma was lovely and it looks great, but this just seemed wildly overhopped to me, like a glass of thick grapefruit juice, with the malty goodness I detected in the nose completely overpowered by citrus, citrus, citrus. I love Troegs; maybe this one is just not my style. (355 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.84/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a bomber of the Flying Mouflan at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $7.99. Served mostly cold in a Harpoon tulip.

An average pour generates about 3" of creamy bubbly orangey-tan foam. The brew itself is a dark brown color that gives deep orange-red highlights when held to a light. The smell is sweet, a mix of dark and candy sugars, an intense clash between fruity esters and caramel, butter and smoke. The taste is much the same but at somewhat different proportions. Compared to the smell the taste is stronger on bitter hops and smoke, with the same butter and fruit elements also present. The finish is of lingering smoke, citrus hop, and peppery alcohol. Mouthfeel is moderate-high in thickness, about average for the style.

Overall it is pretty complex and the individual elements are all good, but together it is completely jumbled and goes in too many directions at once. This is a train wreck of a beer, completely incoherent. I had high hopes for this because I have a high opinion of Troegs, and this makes it that much more disappointing.

This tastes like a very young barleywine that desperately needs some mellowing time in the bottle. Damn good reason to put dates on the bottle. And don't bother shipping it out until it's had a couple months to age at the brewery. (1,288 characters)

Photo of gromis
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a dark amber color with a decent light tan head.

The nose on this one is mostly bitter hops, with a very faint malt background.

Taste is bitter and pine hops. The alcohol is pretty up front with a slight malt aftertaste.

This is a strong representation of the standard. I'm not a big bittering hops fan, so my ratings reflect this. (349 characters)

Photo of jpopejoy
2.94/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the beer pours and looks great. burnt caramel color with nice head and good lacing. however, for me, that's where it ends. Nose is WAY too sweet (esp for the abv being relatively low for a barleywine). has light carbonation, which is nice. def. has some burnt caramel notes, and finishes very very sweet...

wasn't impressed and probably wouldn't get it again (359 characters)

Photo of JamisonM
2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark reddish brown color tan head

S: hops and chocolate

T: hops and malt dont mesh well for me its kind of a mess

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: off aftertaste does not really make this drinkable

overall: sorry I know a lot of people like this beer but i don't. The first beer from Troegs I have had that I did not like. oh well you cant like em all right? cheers (374 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours with a three finger mocha head which lasts for several minuets and lacing remains on the glass throughout.
The brew is dark brown, almost black.

The smell is citrus and floral hops along with some chocolate, some fruit, maybe pears.

The taste is hops from start to finish, both floral and citrus hops are present. Lite sweet malts and some fruit, maybe pears. There is also heavy chocolate taste and the alcohol leaks through but only bearly.

The mouthfeel is biscuty, bready and a little chewy.

Troegs advertises this brew as Nugget Nectar pushed off of a cliff and then rolled in chocolate. The chocolate is there but the hops, though present in strength, are not as complex or as satisfying as Nugget Nectar. Even with the strong hop presence this brew is too sweet; the flavors compete rather than balance each other out. The strong alcohol presence, combined with the hops, does create a warming effect. (928 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Toffee and caramel clouds with 2 inch head that laces, no carbonation.

S: Citrus fruit and high hops.

T: Complex taste that develops into a bubblegum flavor, with mellowed hops on the back-end.

M: Medium creamy body with light carbonation.

O: I wasn't expecting to like this after the strong hops scent raced immediately after the pint was opened, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Didn't love it, but would have it again. (440 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 bottle shared with pleepleus.

Pours dark brown with couple finger tan bubbly head, lots of lacing.

Aroma was super hoppy: pine dominated along with some hints of citrus fruit. Only slight hints of brown sugar made it through the nose. This was definitely an american barley wine but the nose was just not right.

Flavor was a slight caramel and vanilla sweetness up front followed by a gigantic in your face hop bitterness that lingered for minutes on the tongue. They wanted big bitter and they got it.

Overall, slightly too carbonated and the alcohol a bit too prevalent. I am definitely not a fan of this beer fresh but I'd give it a shot with some age. (664 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, a touch of sweetness. Taste is not sweet. alcohol up front, some fruits, more alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was a bit disappointed with this beer given its high reviews. (299 characters)

Photo of beerhan
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer explodes with flavor into your mouth but it loses its novelty fast. For being a barleywine this is delicious but overall I think that if this beer was packaged in a smaller quantity I would have enjoyed it more. I just felt big after one bottle--good flavor but no drinkability. (288 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Bauer Wines & Spirits, Boston, MA
Served a snifter

The cap came off with no "hiss," making me wonder if I got a bad bottle. Into my snifter, the liquid poured a murky, muddy, burnt umber color with practically no head (just some frothy, short-lived bubbles).

The aroma was nicely balanced. Super malty and sweet with a piney, hoppy backbone. Rich caramel malts and brown sugar notes came through strong. Some raisins and prunes were noticeable as well. A bit of brandy-like alcohol was also detectable.

Unlike the aroma, the taste was outrageously hoppy and unbalanced. A touch of sweet maltiness appeared up front before the potent hops took over. The hops were super piney and citric. Some ripe fruits (peach, plums and raisins) came through in the center along with a touch of brown sugar. The finish was punishingly hoppy. Once again, C-type hops dominated. Grapefruit zest came through strong. Bracingly bitter and almost biting. Near the beer's end, the hopiness toned down quite a bit, allowing the rich malty sweetness and overall flavor complexity to shine through. The citrusy flavors began to remind me of candy-dipped orange slices.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly frothy and creamy with a very fine and mild carbonation. Somewhat syrupy. The liquid left a sticky residue on my lips.

At 9.3% ABV, the alcohol in this brew was rather well masked. With a hop bill of this magnitude however, I was not surprised.

Six months in the cellar was clearly not enough for this beer. Putting too much age on this however might result in a flat sticky mess. (The carbonation in my example was already quite low.) This definitely needs some careful cellaring to unveil its true potential. (1,742 characters)

Photo of dpuia
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from a standard pint glass, poured from a deuce-deuce-like everyone else. Pours a dark redish-brown, with a slight head, however leaves some pretty nice lacing rings. Smells pretty hoppy, which doesn't suprise me, it is Troegs. Taste is very good don't get me wrong. Not overpowering, however I was a excited to taste the "chocolate nibs" and didn't get it. Had the description on the bottle not been such it would have been a better rating. Feel is typical, again smooth. Drinkability is average because I couldn't do more than the 22 ounces.

I enjoyed and would drink again, but would share a 22 next time. (615 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.44/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a maroon with a beige head. Nose is bitter, grainy, sugars, candied fruits. Taste is sugar, syrup, not to complex. Was not that hot of a beer. There was a slight sourness to this beer as well. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick for a bwine. Worth trying but not one of my favorites. (285 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Reddish brown with a small off white head. Head sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S- Strong notes of hops more pine that citrus. Fruit notes round out the nose and give it a sweetness in the aroma.

T- Big blast of hops at first that changes to a fruity goodness. Neither one is over the top, very nice balance to each other. Alcohol heat follows in the finish that is semi dry with sweetness and oily hop resin.

M- More than medium in body but not heavy. Decent carbonation as well. For me the finish was the flaw as the sweetness and the hop oils built up as I drank this.

D- A sipper not from the 9.3% ABV but more from the build up of the aftertastes. Keep some water on hand to cleanse your palate.

Interesting experiment from Troegs. It walks the line between an DIPA and a Barleywine quite well, however it's not a path I would want to walk often, a nice departure though. Label also notes coca nibs in this one. This was one taste I couldn't find in it. Maybe some time to age will bring this out. (1,029 characters)

Photo of racer2k
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 220z into a pint glass. Snifter would likely do better with this beer fyi.

A - Beer with a dark ruby brown color with some chill haze and a thin but frothy head that thins out nicely.

S - Dates, Raisins, toffee, dark chocolate, pine, strong booze and a bit of spicy peppery aroma to boot.

T - A smooth rum cake flavor with hints of hops, honey and strong pine. The booze theme continues and finishes with a nice back end malty coffee like finish. A thick molasses hint of flavor is present throughout the quaff.

M - Very viscous and smooth with little carbonation and quite drinkable even given the high alcohol content on board.

D - A great holiday beer but one that must be consumed with care and the right snifter glass. Drink this with someone who is well versed on barleywine and how to properly approach this best. Good stuff but be careful! (864 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you G311 for the bottle. You are THE man VInce.

NIce thick frothy dome over a maroon brew.(exact color of the bottle)

Smell is of citrus and leafy hops, sticky sweet malts.

The flavor is hop forward, citrusy. Cherries assorted candied fruits and a big malt backround makes a nice canvas for lingering hops. Heat from the alcohol becomes more and more appearant. While I like my hops, this one is a bit too hot. I am willing to bet it will be better with age. This bottle is quite fresh.

The body is thinner than expected with a smooth texture and okay carbonation. The lack of body(for style) adds drinkability, but when I am drinking an American BW 'drinkability' is not a quality I am looking for, I want a beast of a sipper! (737 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch that came as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a very deep and murky brown that is almost a solid mahogany in color. A small and tan colored head forms and retains very well with a good amount of lacing. It almost looks like a carbonated brandy in the glass.

S- Huge candied dark fruits hit the nose in an aggressive fashion right off the bat. Right after the dark fruits, the booze and dark malts assault the nose next. What hops there might have been are very subtle or removed, probably due to the age of the bottle. The end of the scent has a mostly sweet, but slightly balanced with a touch of bitterness.

T- Starts off with dark and bitter malts right up front. A small amount of the dark fruit flavor from the scent translates into the taste. In the middle of the drink, boozy bitterness is the primary flavor that almost displays a nutty, almond-like aspect. The lingering flavor on the tongue is of black licorice and bitter hops and malts.

M- This beer is surprisingly well carbonated for its age. Outside of the carbonation, it is a very smooth, but boozy and warming beer.

Overall, I think this beer is a little past its prime, but it has held up surprisingly well for its age. The pour, the scent, and even the taste has held up very well after 4 years in the bottle. While this isn't my favorite barleywine, it isn't bad. (1,347 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just wrote a really intricate beer review for this beer but it got erased due to some sort of site problem but heres the quick re-write version:

Had this beer a while ago and remember it having insane hoppiness. As of write now, the beer is a few months old but not a full year yet and in some awkward stage unfortunately where cloying sweetness is present as well as strange hop bitterness and a ton of warming alcohol. Flavors include dark fruit bowl jam, toffee, caramel, and alcohol. Body seems full but then really thins out letting the alcohol come into play big time.

I obviously caught this beer at a weird moment in its ageing process and it will get a second chance, but for now...

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Re-reviewing this beer with a fresh bottle. Deep brown color almost mahogany like in the center with auburn high lights. For a barley wine this beer has a pretty big sticky and well retaining off white head.

Subtle nose of roasted malts, caramel, piney, herbal, and earthy hops.

The beer itself comes in one concise sip rather then in layers or waves. Sweet caramel, bready malts, with dark fruits lingering underneath. Touch of licorice. Herbal and spicy hops along with sap covered piney hops. Very big and bitter yet balanced at the same time. Little bit of raisins and figs. Finish displays some alcoholic heat with a touch of bright citrus and grapefruit from the hops.

Much better fresh then with about a year of age on it. Glad I got the chance to revisit this one. Pretty good hopped up barley wine.

Oddly for a barley wine though I dont recommend cellaring it. (1,573 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this barleywine was a hazy, woody color with lots of foam. The retention was a good and it left bands of lacing. The aroma was full of hops, toffee, booze and figs. The flavors were… a bit much? Maybe it’s just me and I was really surprised but this beer kinda of let me down. Yes, I did taste all the complex notes of figs, citrus, caramel and something akin to hot-crossed-buns but the booze for me was so punchy and the hops so aggressive I just couldn’t get into it. It must be my personal preference. But I like what I like, so screw you. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation medium. I’d still recommend it because I believe people should form their own opinions but I just wasn’t “Wow-ed.” (748 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber bordering on red. There was no head on the beer.

S: Malt with a touch of spiciness. Some hops in the background.

T: Heavy malt right up front with backing heavy spice. Definitely a full flavored beer. Pretty high bitterness as well.

M: Thick and malty. This is a more than a true American Barleywine.

D: Overall a bit too malty and thick for me. (371 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

3.5 A: Ruddy plum brown color. Two fingers of beige, frothy on the bottom, foamy on the top head. Retention is alright given the ABV and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Caramel and brown sugar with plum, light fig, and melon fruitiness. There's a good bit of hoppiness to this. Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of citrus.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of toffee. Plum, raisin, fig, and melon fruitiness. Moderate bitterness with grapefruit, pine, and citrus hop flavor.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: Honestly I'm a bit shocked. Every other time I've had this I've enjoyed it much more. Of course, I never had it around the six month period. It seems like I'm right in the middle of this beer's awkward stage. I think I might re-review this at the one year mark. When this is fresh, the hops pop and give it a malty DIPA vibe. When this is old, the malts really shine. Right now, I can't say either of those things. (1,060 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown with reddish notes and very cloudy, head was small but lacing was ok.

Smell is of lots of toasty and roasty malts, dark fruits, cherries and figs mostly, with a pungent, earthy tobacco quality to it.

Taste follows the nose. Pungently malty, with lots of barley and a touch of hops, plenty of dark fruits, and lots of pungent earthy flavors.

Body is pretty thick and full, with an earthy pungent aftertaste.

Overall it's good barleywine but not something I'd seek out very often. (490 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Mouflan, bomber bought at New Beer Dist. in Manhattan for $6.25. A faint seal indicates this was bottled in 2010.

Appearance: Pours thick and laboriously, producing a big beautiful head of a dirty-mocha/caramel color, with a bunch of thick bubbles on top. Good retention- head lingers for a long while. Color is a dark copper, almost black, with brown overtones.

Smell: Far from impressive, but characteristic of a barleywine, with evident sweetness and mellow hops plus a strange dry tartness. The customary dry fruits plus toffee/hard candy.

Taste: A little watery and underwhelming for such a hefty barleywine... nice dry hoppy splash at the end of the sip. Again that strange lip-smacking tartness. Faded citrusy hops. Fruit cake, smooth cherry/raisin. Bread/biscuit. I don't quite see the chocolate the label mentions, though...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation and flavor. Slightly sweet, but not as much as most barleywines. Nice and intriguing bitter/hoppy finish, plus that tartness! A bit chewy, heavy.

Overall: The old drinkability score would get a "5". This is immensely poundable!! But the new overall goes down, because it is not a beer I hugely enjoyed... it is alright, but a bit thin and disappointing for the style. I thought the year-old aging would do it good, but maybe not? Will have to try it fresh, and also on tap... as it is, this 2010 Flying Mouflan is an alright hoppy barleywine. But definitely not a beer that will get me hard. (1,478 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out of the bomber as a dark reddish brown liquid. Thin, light khaki head is slow to form, but quick to fade. There is some light lacing cling to the glass.

The aroma is big on the caramel malts and light and the hops. Different from what I remember it being back when it was a Scratch beer. Definitely a sweet smelling barleywine.

The taste is again different from what I remember. Sweeter for sure. Malts stand out in this one. Citrus hops and alcohol follow them up. Sweetness turns to a slight sourness at the finish. Almost seems like a hoppier English style barleywine more than an American style one.

Solid, thick, slick mouthfeel. Lighter on the carbonation. Slightly bitter and sour aftertaste. Alcohol burn is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Decent brew, but not the jog down memory lane I was hoping for. (831 characters)

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Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.