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Ratings: 1,374
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rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
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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 1sophrosyne1
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a goblet glass after 24 weeks "growler aged" at refrigerator temperature. On tap fresh, I had found it a little sharp, gangly, and fruit-imbalanced despite appreciating the complexity and effort. Guys at the tasting room encouraged a 4-6 month age that would allow the edges to round off and the flavors to come together around a firmer core of malt.

The pour is a deeper, thicker chocolate mahogany than a fresh tapped version. Very little light will pass, but what does puts a red glowing frame around a dark center. A fairly rich hay-colored head froths up from its belly and holds on thick on the rim despite falling somewhat quickly. An isle of larger bubbles floats on top, and stealthy carbonation keeps the topsheet on--a sheet that makes a thin show of lacing that's durable. More light shines through as you look down into a dwindling pour, and it looks warm and inviting.
There's a candied cherry nose, but its much less sharp and acidic and esteric than when it is young. Malts do come forward more, now, though naphtha is still in front of it. There's hazlenut, some orange and soft nutmeg. A firm essence of thick-crusted raisin bread fills much of the middle of each breath. There's just a hint of grass and dandelion with a squeeze of lemon as a reminder that hops were involved, but they've crumbled under the weight of toasted malt.
The taste profile does flatten out with time in the growler, and in most ways, it's an improvement to me. There's less booze in the nose, and that change is echoed in each gulp. Cherry is present, but less potent. Dark fruits like raisin and fig have more to say, now, and cocoa is less prominent but the buttery essence remains. Caramelized pears are in the center, and in the aftertaste. Nutmeg and a little cinnamon come out toward the end of each sip. Cut timber, hemp, and even some hoppy resin sneaks into the end, too, especially as it warms.
A good dose of carbonation balances this large-bodied barleywine. There's a smooth start that's cut quickly by a fruity acidity and those bright bubbles. Chewy in the middle when the breads and nuts are in the flavor, just as it should. Then, it ends with some bitter palate cleanup that leaves interesting coatings to savor on teeth and tongue.
Overall, this beast is still just a touch clumsy for me, and its alcohol and related organics not knitted tightly enough to its taste elements. But it improves like wine with time on the foundation of good malts and astringent tannins as it should. I'm tempted to get a growler this coming season and hold it for a full year dark in the cold to another level of maturity. And I also can't wait for the reminder of the lively birth of a fresh glass in a couple of months...

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 22oz snifter; deep opaque mahogany with a big fluffy tan head that leaves rocky lacing as it fades slowly.
Smells of toasted grain, raisins, caramel, toffee, graham cracker, light chocolate and burnt sugar. Slight leafy, earthy hops.
Taste is complex and follows the nose; starts with sweet toasted grain malt with waves of caramel and toffee, moving through sweeter darker notes of candied raisins and chocolate, finishing with a slight heat of booze and a nice bitter pinch of hops, more than the nose suggested, which rounds this beer off nicely and keeps it from being too sweet.
Mouthfeel is thick and a bit sticky, but finishes before becoming cloying thanks to the hops.
Overall, a great example of the sweeter side of the style.

Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think this is 2012 vintage, but I'm not positive. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a murky dark hazy auburn; fluffy khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very malty and loaded with chocolates and sticky caramel. There are hints of raisins and toffee as well. Lots of dark fruits. Lots of caramel malts as well. The flavors seem to really match. The hops have seem to have faded. More chocolate, caramel, toffee, raisins. This one has a very nice sweetness to it, but its definitely not cloying. There are also subtle hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It starts off feeling thin, but it's actually pretty thick and very creamy. Carbonation is very low, but it's there. Alcohol goes unnoticed and there's barely any warming sensantion. This makes a great sipper. It's fun to drink too.

I think this one is better fresh, but it's still a great barleywine and a great example of the style. As it ages, it gains the English-style characteristics. The craftsmanship is always there with Troegs. I heard they might've stopped brewing this one, but I'm not positive. So I'd grab one if you see it.

Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a cloudy and hazy auburn hue that built a fizzy carbonated head.

The scent is almost thick in the nose with robust caramel, toffee, grapes, dates and cherry aromas.

That thickness translates into the taste as the flavors are rich. I catch a strong crab Apple flavoring with pears, prunes and a sweet toffee. It then finishes chocolatey and bready.

This was a really good example of a barleywine, and aging it for a year may have changed some of its characteristics but I'm awfully glad I did it.

Photo of dsal89
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into a captain lawrence tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky reddish brown with a dark off white head.

Sm: Big caramel. Sugar coated dark fruits. Small amount of hop presence. Maybe some pine and/or citrus. Smells nicely sweet which is something I look for in a barleywine.

T: Caramel and toffee big upfront. Very feint dark fruit. Small presence of a piney-ness on the finish with a nice bitterness on the finish to cleanse the palate and help cut the sweetness. There is also a nice roasted coffee character that I am getting and it really adds complexity to the beer. Very, very well done!

M: Nice full mouthfeel. Sticky and coats the mouth very nicely.

O: Wow. This is a nice barleywine! Sweet but in check and very satisfying. Very drinkable as well despite being a 9% beer.

Cheers!

Photo of MacQ32
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a sediment filled deep dark brown with a tint of red/amber. Decent finger of mocha colored head. Ok retention, good lacing. (first glass for a friend was very clear and had a noticeably darker pour).

S- Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, some faint dark fruits, slightly toasty, boozy, slight vanilla. Very very faint.

T - Dry bitter earthy hops, lots of dark fruits lots of sugary malts , caramel and chocolate, and a nice wallop of boozyness again with dark fruits/cherries and sugary malts. Bitterness lingers a bit along with really nice candied flavors. Really big flavor and really well balanced!

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, lowish carbonation.

O - Taste and mouthfeel are the strong points for sure, no real weaknesses. Very smooth and drinkable with big balanced taste. Very nice

Photo of BrewMaven
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Fathers Day treat to myself.

Nice slightly hazy deep red appearance with a tall tan long lasting rocky head.

Nice aromas of dark, sweet and some bitter fruits. Even the smell of this beer is rich!

A real flavor bomb with the fruitiness up front, a wave of hops mid palate followed by more ripe fruit and a hind of sweet chocolate. Alcohol is not too obvious even at 9.3%

Fairly thick full mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. This is like dessert in a bottle.

A real taste treat that was very enjoyable after my dinner of bbq ribs and home made potato salad.

Definitely on my repeat buy list!

Photo of timmylange
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy, amber/cherry color, little carbonation
S: sweet, caramel, spicy
T: spicy, cherry, malty, sweet
M: moderate, thin, slightly flat
O: sweet barleywine with a rich flavor, exotic aroma. Would be great by the fireside and a pipe. This is definitely a beer I would keep in my cellar to share with others. Certainly a good introduction to barleywines.

Photo of Docrock
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a 22 oz Bomber, no visible bottling date:

A - Nice ruby red color with just a bit of head. minimal head with some nice legs.

S - several muted dark fruit notes, including raisins and dates, nice malty character and a bit of booziness. a touch of sweetness as well.

T - just a bit of hops then a nice caramel body. The raisins and dates were as present as on the nose with a touch of maybe toffee as the sweet finish.

M: Full bodied with minimal carbonation and a boozy aftertaste. Not sure of the age on this one but the hops were definitely muted.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this and will seek out more. Not as hoppy as other American Barleywines but this may have been on the shelf for awhile when I rescued it. May update with future samplings. I would say this may somewhat of a bridge between the English and American style...

Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red amber to brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-caramel malt, dark fruit, toasted bread, little boozy

T-caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, hint of hoppiness, a little boozy

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a great Barleywine for the price, enjoyable sipper

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/1/12 bottling date. opened 6/5/13. poured into a snifter

pours a dark reddishbrown with a half inch thick white head.

smell is of dark fruits and booze. very much a barelywine here.

taste is quite mellow and smooth. figs and bitter fruits shine through, with a boozy mixture. surprisingly easy to drink for a barleywine. enjoyable. full bodied with low carbonation. good feel.

overall a solid barleywine, though not really anything too special. good, not great or in a must try category. i prefer my barleywines to be barrel aged and this one definitely isnt, but its still quite good. if youre in the mood for a barelywine this one fits the bill nicely.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery (thanks, 1sophrosyne1!) two weekends ago, 2013 vintage, poured into a 3Stars snifter, drank 6/3/13 over one hour.

A: 4.50 - dark brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), yellow-brown one finger head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 4.25 - really malt forward notes...lots of toffee, caramel; no hop aroma as far as I can tell

T: 4.50 - big candy sugar sweetness on the front of the tongue, lingering burnt candy, caramel, toffee and slight vanilla, alcohol burn persists on the back of the palate that pleasantly lingers

M: 4.50 - full-bodied (mostly alcohol), chewy, boozy and sticky; mild-to-moderate carbonation

O: 4.50 - this beer is advertised as an American barleywine but, to be honest, this tastes like much more like an English barleywine with mostly malt forward and little hop aroma/flavors; nevertheless, this is an excellent beer with lots of complex malt characters in the nose and mouth that are very pleasant; I want to drink this beer again in the cold Winter months by a fire, which is where it will totally shine

Photo of ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Looks to be bottled 05/01/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours deep mahogany red with two fingers of fluffy head that leaves significant lace.

Subdued caramel nose.

Sweet smooth flavors of caramel, biscuit, syrup, mild toffee and a little booze.

Medium heavy, syrupy feel with subtle carbonation.

I've never had this fresh but this aged bottle tured out to be a great extra. Sweet, smooth caramel goodness.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Flying Dog goblet (2012 vintage)

A: There is a nice gradient that is mainly dark brown but goes to a nice ruby around the edges where the refraction is. The lacing is very nice and the head was a caramel color.

S: Not too many notes here, it is all malt sweetness. It smells like a standard BW and there is no complexity here.

T: It is good and plain. There is now wow factor here for me. It is pretty sweet with a lot of caramel and syrup to it. However, it does get better as it warms up. Troegs taste description for it is good, but I got none of the Nugget Nectar, but this is a year old.

M: There is a nice combination of smoothness and subdued crispness. It is a great amount of carbonation.

O: I was really excited for this because of the high hop content, which I thought would make it taste like Bigfoot. I would say that it makes for a decent backup BW, but if it only comes in bombers then shoot for something else.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; Spring 2011 bottling, 2 years old now. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, light pine, brown sugar, orange rind, brown bread, orange zest, floral, grass, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence. Taste of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, brown sugar, light orange rind, light pine, brown bread, floral, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light pine, floral, candi sugar, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American Barleywine at 2 years of age. Very nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate hops; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some mahogany + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy dark beige head that quickly reduces to a wide medium thick ring of larger bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel malts along with brown sugar and some hints of toffee. There are moderate aromas of pine/resin hops as well.

T: Overall this beer is pretty sweet and the sweetness increases as the beer warms up. Upfront there are strong flavors of malty sweetness with caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of toffee. Light flavors of pine/resin hops that give it a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky with some moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: There is a very nice amount of complexity in this beer that makes this one best enjoyed by slowly sipping to appreciate it. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer but it is definitely a strong beer and there is a fair amount of sweetness.

Photo of pknyc
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened: 07/27/14
BD: 04/30/12

A: This poured a one finger off-white head, which slowly settled into a film that left some nice lacing. The body is a very dark amber - almost brown.

S: Dark, rich molasses. Sweet caramelized sugar. Dark fruit which reminds me of fruit cake when combined with the wholewheat bread notes. Just barely a whiff of chocolate. I am surprised at the woody notes as well. Slightly herbal.

T: There is more chocolate than the nose. The alcohol is noticeable, particularly on the swallow, but it works very well. The esters are there, but not as pronounced as the nose, but the molasses, toffee and leather are there. I'd venture to say that the taste, while definitely good, is not quite as good as the nose.

MF: Very nice. It is medium, almost full. Creamy, silky, luxurious.

O: Very good. I was surprised at how much I liked this one. It comes together very nicely. I would recommend.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a wide ring of large bubbles around the sides of the glass and some lacing covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel and sweet brown sugar are present in the nose along with hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is malty and slightly sweet with flavors of caramel malts and brown sugar; these are contrasted by a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness and hints of pine rein The sweetness becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with bits of stickiness and warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a barleywine because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. Nonetheless, it's a nice beer to sip and savor given its complex taste.

Photo of Zraly
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2011. Has been aging in a cool, dark room ever since. Poured into a DFH snifter glass. A deep dark earth color with a touch of tan head. When swirled, burnt orange hues dance along the sides of the glass. Nice lacing.

I almost laughed out loud after a few sips. The finish on this is so chocolatey and so rich -- it tastes like a really rich chocolate cake. The hops have aged with this beautifully; the combination of the lip-smacking hops and the chocolate note under age is a real treat. Carmelized malts and toffee linger about, with rich rum-soaked fruit notes coming out as the flavor lingers. Sticky, candi sugar note. Full-bodied and alcohol with the aging is so well hidden -- I'm going to be a Flying Mouflan in a few moments.

A fantastic dessert beer and great for a dinner-ending cheese plate. Buy one to have fresh and one to age. A steal in terms of the bargain domain. Thank you, Troegs.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from Stormking47

Pours an effervescent ruby-tinged brown with a pinky of tan head. Alright head retention & lacing. Stays effervescent & slightly hazy towards the end

S: Faint pear notes & cherries; figs assert themselves as this warms

T: Dark fruit, leafy hops, dryness & boozey figs & a touch of pine up front. Piney woody hops mix with cherry pipe tobacco as this warms & some candi-sugar as well imparting dryness
& a little sweetness. Finishes with oaky dryness, with figs, pears, leafy hops, & more cherry. plus woody bitterness

MF: Chewyness with light carbonation, some oaky dryness & a little stickyness & fair balance

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, but not blown away by this one, but I did enjoy it as a nightcap

Photo of SBCBUCA21
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Described as "pushing nugget nectar off a cliff" I was expecting something a little hoppier. Still great in its own right but definitely not what I was expecting. I think the wheat slightly overpowers the hops but not in a bad way. First smell wasnt the best but considerably better after the pour. Very drinkable but defjnitely one to a sitting given the ABV. Interestingly enough according to the web a mouflan is an iranian sheep.???

Photo of csrbv
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A pint 6 oz bottle no freshness date--I bought it back in November of 2012--drinking it in March 2013--poured into a Ommegang tulip glass

A: Fantastic dark amber color, nice tan head and great lacing on the glass.

S: Senses of cocoa, brown sugar and sweet malts.

T: Nice dose of hops on the front end, followed by the mellowness of the chocolate and malt. The longer I let this beer sit and warm up, the better it got.

M: This is definitely a full bodied offering. Very full mouth-feel, one you want to savor and not down too quickly.

D: Great for the winter, as the Spring and Summer approach, I can see drinking this full bodied of a beer, but another fantastic beer from Troegs!

Photo of Drypaint
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into footed pint glass. Bottle date of March 2012, drank 3/8/2013

Appearance: Dark ruby, tan head, settles into a gorgeous brown hue fading to deep chestnut. Lacing/retention is pretty good, perfectly acceptable given the style.

Smell: Soy sauce dominates immediately after the pour, but a few minutes later it fades in favor of sweeter flavors. Caramel, raisins, brown sugar. Not getting the hops, probably due to the bottling date. Disappointed in the lack of floral smell, also not getting the coffee nibs.

Taste: Mostly matches the aroma, but the sweetness is extremely overbearing. I understand the style, and I'm a fan of barleywines in general, but the taste is very one-dimensional. The alcohol is mostly subdued, but still present in the boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Far too chewy for my tastes; very cloying, mouth-coating, and boozy. If this had been slightly less "loud", it would have gotten a much higher rating.

Overall: Good barleywine, not great. One year of cellar time may not be enough.

Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into .5 cylinder glass .

A: Some one wrote cola! Yup that's right - chestnut/reddish body. The bubbly head is tan, and the retention and lacing are average. Expected more in appearance.

S: too much brown sugar. as someone wrote like a dessert liquor. ... floral, where are the hops? DO have to cellar it to have them arise, give me some bitter ness! not enough time for hop aroma, that doesnt make sense. in the direction of barley wine/ wee heavy which is cloying on a long winter night.

T: too much sweetness that start it off and stay. Ironically, i was quite excited by the taste at first, but half way through, I was overdone by its sweet monotone. bitterness doesnt arise. feel the alcohol and heat. which if you think about it, you'd never feel the alcohol in a wine that is several points higher... Others wrote nutty finish - but I get more caramel, candied sugar in the finish, and it leaves my mouth cloying a bit, wanting some salt popcorn or cheese.

M: Alcoholic, but not enough tingle. chewy. big bodied. but sugary. Too sweet for food.

D: Agree with others - close to American barleywine flavors. good, but not impressive. No point in opening this without cellar time... ? How long?

Photo of hardy008
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark ruby with a 2 finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, toffee, raisins, and citrus. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells with caramel, toffee, raisins, and citrus. I acquired this bottle last autumn and decided to hold onto it for a while, and do not regret it at all. There is a nice combination of sweet malt balanced with bitter hops which is drinking very nice right now.

Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Feels a bit sticky, and has a sweet aftertaste. There is no alcohol burn, which is one of the main reasons I am glad I held onto this for a few months. I would gladly buy this again if I get another opportunity.

Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,374 ratings.