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Tröegs Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 151
Gots: 216 | FT: 11
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2009)
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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

My pallet has grown since my last encounter with the Mouflan and this year I bought extra bottles to age. I can only hop(e) that I will be able to keep from cracking a bottle or two. This ale is a dark amber that has sticky lacing with porter like head. Smells of chocolate, hops, raisins and alcohol. The sweet aromas allude to the tastes of dark chocolate and a sticky sweet finish. Hops and bitter chocolate fight for dominance. The bitterness is very present giving the idea that the finest chocolate chefs of Switzerland only dream to craft. I notice the slight booze warmth as I sip but the candy like hops with their resins coat the pallet and hide its presents. If Chris and John Trogner were to start creating beer of this and Nugget Nectars caliber and throw in the Splinter Gold all year round, they would be the most hyped brewery on this forum. The fact the ABV is so high the drinkablity cries to share a bomber or two with a good pal.

Thank You Troegs

llllDrGONZOllll, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scarlet plum appearance, murky brown half finger head diminished to an errant beige wispy, cloudy surface. Slow steady small bubble carbonation, ring and some lace. Excellent regeneration. Very pleasant sweet caramel nose. Taste is huge with candied caramel apple, English toffee, sweet yet dry with bakers' chocolate tones, high bitterness, especially in the aftertaste. High alcohol weighs in, there is nothing subtle about this beer, it's a barleywine lovers delight.

ThatWineGuy, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of JayQue
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was the 2009 version poured into my trusty Weeping Radish brewery pint glass. A great barleywine. I'm almost sorry I didn't drink it fresh because so many reviewers talked to the hoppiness. A a one-year aged barleywine, it is still very nice. Poured a dense dark brown color into the pint glass. When held up to sunlight, it showed itself as a very hazy iced tea brown. By the room light..nothing except a bit of light at the bottom of the glass. Light tan head, medium size. Retention was a long-lasting light covering of the glass. Some lacing.

Smell was good. Dark fruit, caramel malt, and sugar, fairly pronounced.

Tasted very good. All the flavors indicated by the smell were there followed by a nice balancing hop bitterness.

Good mouthfeel. Rich, creamy no alcohol burn. The balance between malts and hops made it appear fairly crisp.

Drinkability is good for a barleywine. I set out to do the bomber by myself and it is going down very nicely!!!

JayQue, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in the string of surprises that made up the Winking Lizard's 2nd Annual Cask Conditioned Beer Fest. This was the 2010 version, first time that vintage has been served and the second cask ever of the Mouflan.

Nice white head sticks around for the duration. Amber body looks great - nice red and orange highlights.

Tons of citrus in the nose. A bit of caramel too and a smooth base, but the hops shine here. I get the imperial Nugget Nectar comments about this one.

Taste is wonderful. Not like other barleywines in that there really isn't too much typical barleywine (aka caramelized malt) flavor. There is some caramel flavor, but there's also chocolate and dark fruit. The hops are currently stealing the show though - getting a ton of grapefruit & citrus. With a year or two on this, the subtleties will start to emerge. In it's raw state it's good, with a year or two it may be perfect - I'll have to open the 2009 bottle in my cellar soon.

Mouthfeel was great for a cask beer. Lively and the flavors pop.

Drinkability was good. Overall another great beer from Troegs and one of the stars of the fest IMO.

jampics2, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (no date visible, but I know I bought this in spring of '09...so about a year old). Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a slightly yeasty dark brown color with very little light getting through it. A 1/2 finger of tan foam sits briefly on top before falling to a low collar with sparse islands of bubbles on the surface.

S - Very sweet smelling barleywine, tons of caramel and sugar up front with layers of bread, yeast and molasses. Hop presence is not noticeable in the aroma.

T - Lots of nice malty flavors in here. Caramel and molasses are strong up front with sugary sweetness mixed in. Hops make much more of an impression in the flavor profile. Good amount of bitterness that perfectly offsets the malt giving a great balance without any cloying qualities from the large malt presence. Definitely has lost some of its hop bite over the year of aging, but it has become a much more balanced barleywine in the process.

M - Feels pretty thick and sugary in the mouth. An almost syrupy sensation as it coats the mouth in sweetness and then is layered on top with bitter hops. Carbonation is on the low side, but not extremely low...still gives a nice tingle but not overly done...works really well with this barleywine.

D - Had several of these last year when they first came out and was really impressed. The hops were so nice when it was fresh - definitely just an amped up Nugget Nectar (how can you go wrong with that???). After a year, the hops have mellowed quite a bit and has arguably made this a better barleywine. Fresh it was closer to an imperial IPA, now - definitely a barleywine...and a good one! Drinking really well right now...maybe another 6 months or so will tame the hops a bit more and make this absolutely perfectly balanced. Great beer fresh or aged, but at this point in time, aged is your only option (unless they make it again).

portia99, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a brown/ruby red color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention was low, but the lacing is good. Aroma is caramel malt, pine and citrusy hops, raisins, toffee and some brown sugar. The taste is similar to the aroma. There's pine and citrus hops, raisins, toffee, caramel malt and molasses flavors all noticable. Nice lingering bitter hoppy finish, too. Also, good balance between the hops and malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink, although I think this is more of a sipping beer. I'd buy this again, I thought it was a good overall brew.

bluejacket74, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bomber.

Pours clear dark amber with a lasting light beige head and very good lacing.

Aroma is caramel, roast, and rough citrus and earthy hops. Pretty hoppy despite having some age on it.

Flavor is caramel, toffee, and mild roast, maybe even a little chocolate. Also very hoppy, mostly orange/grapefruit, but some earthy notes in there as well. Some dark fruits.

Medium-plus body with some real palate-wrecking hop oils.

Great drinkability for the style. Overall another very good one from my hometown brewery (my real hometown that is, not where I currently live).

nickd717, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from first batch, a well appreciated birthday gift from a friend. Poured into a snifter.

Impressive looking beer, clear garnet color with a large tan head with surprising lacing and retention for the style. Aroma is mildly sweet, malty, slightly boozy punch blended with mild pine hops. Reminds me a lot of Nugget Nectar, with a robust malt backbone, and at this point the hops are still present but greatly smoothed out. Medium body with soft carbonation and well managed alcohol. Obviously line between dipa and barleywine can be a thin one, especially with age and I'd describe this as what NN would be if it aged a little more gracefully. As mentioned by a few others, as this warms up, a mild tea like flavor from the hops also is present which I find rather pleasing. I wouldn't consider this an exceptional barleywine, but there's something unique and extremely drinkable about this.

yourefragile, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: the beer is a deep, nearly opaque garnet brown in color, supporting a dark khaki head showing good retention

s: thick caramel malt structure holds lots of date and toasted sugars, sugary citrus hops add a big punch, thick and rich with malt sugars but holding a mean hop nose to back it up

m: body full and slick with a light-moderate carbonation

t: caramel body packed with brown sugars and sweet dates, loads of highly acidic citrus, nutty toast creeps into the finish alongside a biting bitterness, dark malt sugars linger on the lips with each sip, great play between the equally bold malt and hop aspects of this beer

d: highly enjoyable, if a little intense for extended drinking

bomber split with the parents at Bierria Paradiso, Georgetown

blackie, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and stimulating fruity barleywine. A bit off the beaten path for the style.

Presentation: 22 Oz bottle. Ochre, red and white label design around the image of a winged bottle cap with a demon´s tail. Neck label offers a small bragging note on the intent of the brew, short description, and cellaring notes. Lacks bottling or freshness date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (9.3%) Poured into a small conic glass.

A - Brown pour with dark ruby edges, fine frothy head that has average retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet toffee notes, malt and a hoppy subdued range, citrus and pine.

T - Picking up where the nose left but adding a few rich fruity touches to the sweetness, a nice malty range, and a clear hoppy backbone.

M - It's a medium body with fine carbonation and a smooth feel.

D - A nice drink, that would probably work best on a snifter rather than the glassware offered at this establishment. Nice barleywine to enjoy with some time nevertheless.

Notes: Nothing extraordinary but a reliable and tasty take on US barleywines.

Daniellobo, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slides out a lightly hazed, amber-brown body with a short-lived, modestly-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Sticky malts smelling of caramel and toffee with hints of dried fruits and a fresh, vibrant hoppiness that's citrusy, piney (which is really jumping out at me), and delightfully herbaceous.

Taste: Toasty, bready malts with sweetened tastes of light caramel and crisp toffee candy. As implied by the nose, it's positively popping with hops. Flavors of sticky sap-coated pine wood, standard grapefruit, and spicy dried herbs make their presence known. Boldly bitter. Also some supporting raisin fruitiness. Drying, warming, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Friends, there's absolutely no doubt about it, it's a hop-forward (and then some) American barleywine. So, when it comes to the b-wines, if you like'm warming and you like'm potently hoppy, then, go ahead, give it a try.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been sitting on this one for about a year now.

A: A murky looking brown with some light flowing through it. Cloudy. Minimal head pour with one faint ring hugging the edges of the glass. Lacing is ok

S: Initial notes of candied sugar, butterscotch and biscuit. Some dark fruit notes like figs and a slight hint of cardboard. When reall digging down deep there were some hops too. Also some serious boozy notes

T: Hints of chocolate caramel and toffee are the initial flavor and much more appealing then the aroma. No cardboard flavor. Some faint hop flavor in the background

M: Very creamy with a nice texture. No cloying sweetness and the heat is not really that present

D: A slow sipper that is best split. I prefer this Barleywine fresh

mikey711, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Aenema
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/28
Appearance - Clear, bright dark ruby/brown; thin tan head.
Smell - Citrus, resin, very complex; slight whiff of chocolate / coffee / smoke, brown sugar.
Taste - Lots of juicy hops, but a smooth transition to roasted malt / chocolate mixed w/ hops. very interesting.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Flavors are very well balanced and melded. Noticeable alcohol at the end. Very sweet, filling beer. Great flavor makes this more drinkable than it otherwise would be.

Aenema, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat cloudy dark root beer color with a fair light tan head and decent lacing. The aroma is a firm piney/herbal hop with a luscious malty base. Very nice and chewy. The flavor brings malt and licorice blended with good clover hop highlights. This is near a full bodied brew with silky feel and decent drinkability for the style. Very fine carbonation with a hop finish that lingers long and sure. It's a pleasure and great for drinking or with some sharp cheddar or other spicey food complements. Nice stuff!

Durge, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours a deep murky burgundy color with a tiny off white head and a creamy smooth ring of lacing.

Scent of caramel, spicy hops, cinnamon, dark fruit, sugars, and a hint of alcohol. More spicy than the typical Barleywine; a refreshing change.

Taste of spicy bitter hops, caramel, dark fruit, cinnamon, clove, and some sugars. Again, a little different for an American Barleywine, but a refreshing take on the style. I would love to try this super fresh as well as with some age.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with a good bite of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of bort11
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came in from mday for Secret Santa 09. I was a good boy this year.

Poured into the Dogfish Head tulip that also came with the haul. Starts off with a dense tan head that stands nearly an inch. You don't see a barleywine with big head very often. The lacing was spidery. Color was a dark purplish brown. Also very dense, no light could come through.

Smell was bready. Dark toasted malts smell like home made bread. Taste was also a malt bomb. There was a mild hint of some berry bittering, almost like a cranberry or some other very tart berry. There is a mild alcohol presence in the finish, just enough to know it's there but not enough to detract from the taste.

Mouthfeel is very dense and chewy. Very filling and perfect for an evening nightcap.

bort11, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with some orange hues. Provides a small tan head with some minimal lacing.

S: Ample amount of caramel, toast, dark fruits with a vague hint of pine.

T: A decent amount of alcohol with some burnt biscuit, caramel and some citrus all mixed together. Good balance.

M: Leaves a very thick slick taste on the palate with a twinge of alcohol.

D: Mostly a slow sipping beer, for me, one was enough, but it was a really tasty beer and one I am glad to try...maybe a gateway into more barleywines for me.

IronCitySteve, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a large tan thick foamy head, good head retention accompanied by nice lacing. The beer itself is a dark brown with reddish hues. The aroma on this beer is rather nice, sweet caramel, with some nice spicy notes. Roasted barley, vanilla, hint of bananas, some roasted nuts. The flavor is even more complex and good. Large caramel and roasted nut flavor along with spicy alcohol, ripe fruit, and a nice balanced hop presence. This is a very tasty beer. This beer has a thick and silky mouthfeel with some nice hop bite in the end. I must say this is a very good beer. The first wheatwine I have ever had, and I would say it is a style I would like to see more of.

br3wmeister, Dec 07, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep clouded chocolate infused mahogany brown a bit dirty with yeast sediment, light khaki tan head forms evenly with lacing. My Gulden Draak chalice welcomes this barleywine from Troeg's talk about a long time coming. Aroma has loads of hops with a tobacco leaf earthiness, mild raisin and caramel malts drizzled across the hop bitterness, a nice sugar coated layer with an air of alcohol and alluring spicy herbal hop waves with a touch of lingering layers of cocoa. Flavor equals a clash of crystal malt tones with juicy caramel brown sugar candy coated heavy handed herbaceous hops. Wicked east coast hop explosion with bitter waves of glory more dirty and earthy tobaccco layers arising straight from the womb of mother earth. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied never cloying with either sweetness or hop bitterness a nice clash of the two brings balance in epic proportions with an even pleasant flow of carbonation dectected with each sip. Drinkability is dangerous for me a quality brew that I will always remember as the Flying Mouflan, I would like to session with this brew but I guarantee it would put a hurting on me.

WVbeergeek, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is somewhat dark/ruby and slightly cloudy. Head is 1 finger thick and retention is great.

Smell is of dark fruits, particularly raisin. Some hop character is there for added complexity a sort of woodsy/citrusy/piney/grapefruity thing, but it isn't very powerful and I can't tell you what it is. I believe chinook is apparent in the flavoring and aroma. Not my favorite hop, but it works okay in barleywines.

Dark raisins and fruits come through with a little bit of citrusy/woody hop flavor and aroma. The hop taste and aroma is there, but it's overshadowed by the complexity of the malts.

Mouthfeel is rich on the palate with a touch of hot alcohol that isn't inappropriate for the style.

Nicely balanced and complex.

jasonjlewis, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of tpd975, thanks again. Pours deep copper with thin off white head. The aroma is resiny with a mix of orange hard candy and cherry hard candy to go along with pine hop bitterness. The taste has a load of pine hops mingling with sweet orange candy and a bit of cherry hard candy goodness. I get smooth slick sweet malts midway and to the finish. Lots and lots of hops making this practically an IIPA. Yum! Very nice stuff. The pine hop bitterness just hangs on forever into the after taste.

BigMcLargeHuge, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Damian
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Damian, Oct 06, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish amber with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells of a slightly fruity hoppiness, but with a light touch. The taste is more satisfying with deep citrusy and tropical fruit hop notes, and some sweet alcoholic notes as well. Goes down rich, sweet, and with enough lingering bitterness to balance. Quite nice.

Georgiabeer, Oct 02, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of fatboyjim1, poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep reddish brown in the glass with a one-inch tan head that recedes to a solid collar and leaves spotty lacing. It shows through a beautiful clear copper when held up to light.

The aroma starts with some juicy citrus hops featuring oranges and tangerines which give way to the big caramel malt and toffee sweetness. Maybe some dark fruits as well.

The taste is dominated by the sweetness of the caramel malts with some caramelized brown sugar and dark fruits adding to the complexity. The floral pine hops are most evident in the finish where the bitterness mixes with a boozy burn in the throat.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with soft carbonation and extremely smooth overall. It's got a sticky hop and brown sugar presence on the tongue.

Well, it's no surprise that this is an excellent beer as I thought the Scratch 4 was one of the best beers in Troegs portoflio. I stand by that statement with this one. Excellent.

gford217, Sep 20, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a beautiful deep red amber with thin-but large bubbled tan head.

Aroma of pine, brown sugar, grapefruit, caramel malts, dark cherries, chocolate, and a bit of earthiness.

The taste is complex with a myriad of flavors. Grapefruit, resiny pine, toasted caramel malts, chocolate, cinnamon, and candied sugar. The 9% alcohol gives a pleasant warm buzz to the tongue.

Medium bodied, sticky, and a low-to-moderate carbonation.

A terrific barleywine from Troegs and perfect for the coming of fall.

Monkeyknife, Sep 13, 2009
Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.