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Tröegs Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,291
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 151
Gots: 215 | FT: 12
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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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Gmann

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown color with a frothy tan head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is of juicy orange and grapefruit hops and a honey like sweet syrup. Grapefruit hop flavor starts things off flowing into a rindy/resiny bitter hop. A noticable malt backbone sits shotgun but helps balance out the bitter hop. A toasted character to the malt, with honey and a slight raisin flavor. The brew has a full body with enough carbonation to avoid being slick or syrupy, which is preferable to me. Seems to have more a malt presence than most barleywines, closer to an American Strong Ale. Finishes with a hoppy bitterness. A nice malty, hoppy barleywine, good mixture of hop flavor and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 02:19:24 | More by Gmann
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ajr24

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the treat of having a pint of this at Philly Beer Week Friday the Firkinteenth.

A- Although poured into a plastic pint glass, the beer still shined. Poured a deep caramel and mahogany with a viscous white head. No real lacing to speak of, but maybe that's the plastic at work.

S- Smells like caramel covered hops. It was like a maltier Nugget Nectar. It was a citrus hop presence with a chocolatey and bready aroma alongside.

T- As one of Troegs sales reps said- "it's like nugget nectar had sex with a stout." It's an accurate description. The hop profile vibes very well with the maltiness.

M- Having this on cask lends to the enjoyable mouthfeel. Its hop characteristics are highlighted and pronounced, thus it's smooth and lively.

D- The sheer deliciousness of this beer makes it very drinkable.

For a barleywine style ale, it goes above and beyond the norm.

Serving type: cask

04-12-2009 01:35:12 | More by ajr24
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A - pours dark ruby red, minimal head, sticks to the side of the glass as I swirl it

S - smells sweet somehow... definite aroma of hops, mixed with raising

T - initial burst of sweet candy flavors that quickly subsides to a grassy bitterness. Hop flavor is pronounced, bitterness lingers, perhaps a little too long. The malt backbone doesn't quite come forward enough

M - syrupy, with a refreshing fizz from the carbonation

D - a little to bitter to be really drinkable, but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, pretty good - I was expecting more malty sweetness based on the smell. I'll let my other bottle age a few months to see if the bitter flavors subside

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:33:01 | More by FickleBeast
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oelergud

Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tall 22oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label is a feather winged bottlecap with a long devil tail.
Very dark maple syrup body. Coarse creamy tan head with good retention and decent lace.
Intense nose of well balanced malts and hops. Hop cone dripping caramel malts and sprinkled with mild spice.
The flavor is a concentrated mix of pine hops, grass, dark earth malts, caramel and toffee, nuts and bitter sweet chocolate and pommegranate.
Full body with lots of residual sugars. Good coating and slick.
Highly drinkable. This is like a concentrated version of the Nugget Nectar.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 00:33:04 | More by oelergud
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've already reviewed scratch #4, but what the hell, since there is a seperate listing, I'll add my $.02.

a: This was a dark ruby mahogany color. It pours with a nice sized light tan head.

s: A spectacular combination of fresh, juicy citrus, boozy raisins, sweet caramel that at times suggests chocolate, and a whisper of heat.

t: I know "juicy" isn't an adjective generally used to describe a flavor. It fits here though. This tastes "juicy". Explosive and freshly pungent citrus flavors combine with chocolatey caramel that is sweet, but not astringent. As the label states, the hop profile is reminescent of Nugget Nectar. From my experience with Scratch #4, I can say that this does mature into a lovely, English barleywine fairly quickly. When fresh though, this is easily my favorite American b-wine. Thanks to Troegs for bringing this back to life.

m: Creamy, juicy and full-bodied. Perfect.

d: One of my all-time favorites that I feared I would never try fresh again. A stunningly great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 15:52:16 | More by DIM
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pwoods

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into a DFH snifter.

A: Pours deep burgundy, letting very little light through. Pretty decent sized creamy head with decent retention. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Sweet malts with a appetizing alcohol aroma. Plenty of hops in the nose bringing some citrus and a very appealing mint aroma. Very interesting nose.

T/M: Lots of bready malt, sweet and savory at the same time. Alcohol is there but not overpowering and adds some depth. Hops add more of the citrus and great mint flavor though they don't over balance the malts, making this perfectly drinkable fresh(though I'd love to see what this will turn into). Body is nearly full with just enough carbonation to give a smooth body. Finishes with a touch of dryness.

D: Not a huge barleywine but still definitely a sipper. I really like the hops profile in this but I think a year or so will do the malt backbone some good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 04:04:12 | More by pwoods
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Wildman

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark murky reddish amber color and formed a huge light tan foamy head. An aroma of malt, hops and hint of caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops, caramel, and a hint of plum. The body is medium and the finish is bittersweet with a slight bit of astringency.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:56:29 | More by Wildman
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs bomber, $7.99 at Palmers in Columbus. The bottle says "this ale is like pushing our Nugget Nectar off the side of a cliff. Tastes like hops dipped in candied sugar and rolled in dark chocolate nibs". I like the sound of this. The beer is very dark as compared with Nugget Nectar, hazy auburn / dark orange-brown with thick creamy tan foam. Actually it looks a lot like Aventinus (but the aroma and taste are completely different). The aroma is hoppy as hell, it does indeed smell like a very strong version of Nugget Nectar. The taste is less appealing (but still good), very sweet as if candi was added instead of more hops. I guess this makes it more barley-winey as it adds fermentables, but I was hoping for more of a DIPA style. The mouthfeel is thick, very coating. I have another which will probably cellar for 1 year to see how the malt develops out as the hops mellow. But maybe I'll trade it before it gets that far.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:12:43 | More by TurdFurgison
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at Brewhouse grille in Lemoyne. Poured chilled into a standard pint allowed to gradually rise in temp.

A - A deep hazy bronze w/ a quick dropping pale tan head. Very little lace stays on the glass after the compression.

S - Hoppy joyous aroma, very piney like opening a bag of fresh American hops -the bitterness sticks to the inside of your nostrils if you hold it there too long, not really but the citrus/grapefruit essence riding the malt is like an elephant riding a greyhound w/ a bit of sweet berry and dark plum w/ mild pineapple soaked in rum for good measure

M - The malt sweetness is intense as it gives in to the mild sour + intensely bitter notes almost immediately. The texture of ruby red grapefruit, bitter berry and tart orange is up front in the feel. The medium carbonation makes the 9.3% seem light, but it's presence is still noted in the warmth of the swallow. Light spiciness and thick sticky malt on the tongue lasts as the textures ripple minutes after the potent brew has been tasted

T - A rush of hops w/ a tangy/dank taste and citrus sour flavors w/ bitter pin needle and dark candy maltiness all at once. The hint of wood taste follows the first sip w/ an almond-like sweet malt flavor under the flavor of bitter oranges and pure grapefruit flesh. Bitter green herbs and the hint of cinnamon, extra dark cocoa collide w/ brown sugar syrup intensity from the malts. Amping up Nugget Nectar is made to seem effortless by the Troeg's. This fresh batch of #4 redux as Mouflan is super hopped, delicious and yet not cloying or stomach lining threatening with acidity to my taste. It just has a smooth malt and hops transition -music to my mouth

D - Perhaps the line is erased like a pink rubber eraser on graphite between Strong IPA(IIPA) and American barleywine, but who cares about style, right? Not Troeg's thank God, for good reason-If it tastes good, brew it. An All around world class beer, but not as an everyday beer. A beer to savor and sip, but it is well worth the attention A phenomenal tasting beer. I am so glad this made it into the rotation

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:40:23 | More by Slatetank
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whitehouse50

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Ramsey liquor store. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. It's a deep reddish ruby color with a thick head.

Aromas of citrousy hops mostly and some malts too.

On the first sip it is very hoppy, not too bitter, I could tell there was some nugget nectar in this which seems to be fighting with the malts to come through. This beer is like a less hoppy nectar with nice malty flavors in the background but has more of a body too it. It's pretty different.

This was pretty easy to drink for such a big beer

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 18:46:07 | More by whitehouse50
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jojox

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - cool bottle. Is this a Harry Potter thing? Dark amber, slight haze, thin head that seems quite sticky.

s - it's really hoppy, and still cold. Some malt backbone but mainly spicy, piney hops.

t - My palatte is a bit dulled (cold) but there is some hop bitterness and alcohol, with a background of chocolate or dark (but not over-roasted) sweet-ish grains. I get the feeling it's in between fresh and aged - lost some of the cutting aromatic hops but not aged away to fine malts. A strange mix of hops and dark (crystal?) malts.

m - agressively bitter without much relief coming from sweetness. Not unpleasant though!

d - it's good, and pleasant. Definately like it but didn't blow me away. I do have a slight cold, however.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 17:39:56 | More by jojox
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dpuia

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:58:17 | More by dpuia
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treyrab

California

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jac5084 for picking up a bomber of this. Reminds me of an Imperial version of Nugget Nectar. Poured into two snifters.

A: Pours a very dark rusty copper with a solid two finger head. Lacing is very nice on this one as I suspect from the incredible amount of hops involved.

S: The smell is delightful. Incredible amounts of pineapple, papaya, apricots, orange, and lemon from the incredible amount of citrus hop scents in there. This one smells fruity as hell. Some nice caramel and slight cocoa sneak into the scent as well. Wonderful.

T: Incredible as well. Very nice light fruit characteristics: orange, lemon and pineapple. A nice caramel back sweetness to complement everything.

Overall, this is a great beer. An interesting barleywine, but a great beer. Reminds me of an Imperial Nugget Nectar as it has similar qualities.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 14:55:20 | More by treyrab
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mikeydaknows

New York

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After reading reviews on it before even opening it, I only put it in the fridge for a little bit. Better warm This beer is deffinatly one of the better balanced barleywines ive ever had. I like the little spicey kindy malt i get from it. With age I think the malt character will get alot more complex!!The choclate nibs i think must have given it the different choclate malt im tasting. I wanna look into choclate nibs i used powder coco once didnt effect it much I Gave it a(A) Drinkin the 22 oz bottle made me feel warm and fuzzy good stuff!! I can deffinatly taste the nugget warrior tommahawk combo or maybe one left out. Overall im never dissapointed with any troegs product.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 06:34:43 | More by mikeydaknows
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Martin2D

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep burgundy red with a dark tan head that fades quickly with lacing

S - Hop smells, alcohol presence

T - Tastes of hop flavors with a reasonably strong malt presence. Not overly malty, more hops

M - Good on carbonation and body

D - Reminds me of Nugget Nectar with more of a malt background. I love super hoppy beers, but the addition of malts and whatever to change this NN like beer into a barleywine lowers the drinkability so much. One of my favorite examples of the style, but I just don't dig it that much.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 04:07:52 | More by Martin2D
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JordanChabot

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Cardoza's Wine an Spirits in Fall River....they have really upped their inventory.

A - Poured into a DFH wide middled Pint Glass? (I guess that's what you would call it). Pours a beautiful ruby color with some haze. A nice thick frothy head that looks like it could be peach mousse. I was totally caught off guard with the color....a truly beautiful presentation.

S- Smells of dark hops....almost like what hop preserves would smell like. Dark fruit notes.... ruby red grapefruit...citrus peel...some alcohol after a swirl or two.

T- Very spicy and zesty beer. Come celery seed and fennel. Preserves and sticky hop resin. An incredible balanced Barleywine... more like a very balanced Double IPA... it has Sierra "Bigfoot" syndrome. ...(not a bad thing)

M- A big.... BIG... mouthfeel....a very heavy malt presence. but.... a clean crisp unbelievable finish...the hop acids clean up after the malt really well. This just screams nugget nectar in the aftertaste and finish.

D - The finish and balance makes this a dangerously drinkable and resippable beer. Share one...or lock yourself in your room with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 02:32:39 | More by JordanChabot
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It is very nice to see some of Troegs bigger beers arrive here. This was bought at Colonial Spirits in Acton Mass. Color on this beer is rosy, with not too much in the way of heading. Smell is very hoppy, with some notes of chocolate and candy sugar (as indicated by the label) buried beneath the hop profile. The hops have a very nice spicy aroma to them. Flavor is really hoppy, but with a nice underlying element of fruit and tobacco. It ends on a very dry, bitter note. Body is medium, which is cool considering all the flavor coming out of this brew. As tasty as this is, the alcohol can be felt easily with this beer. I would recommend sharing this one with a friend or two. Troegs hit a home run with me on this beer. I love the fact that it is sort of a difficult to classify beer. There are aspects of Barleywine and DIPA here, and it truly manages to tread right in the middle of the two. I cannot say enough positive things about this beer. If you see it, definitely get some. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 00:18:08 | More by jamie2dope
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a large snifter with some left for the road. I guess i can scratch #4 off of my scratch series drank so far.

A- Flying Mouflan is a medium shade of brown with slight red ruby highlights. A nice amount of tan foam sat on top while it left eventually, leaving a nice cap, lacing as well but not thick.

S- Like a strong beer with piney hops to the max plus other bittering qualities. More like a IPA cold, more like a barelywine warm. The malts come out with the warming plus some caramel and candied sugar. A slice of the earth is in the scent as well. Heat as well with a strong sense.

T- The hops just jump out giving off the huge pine blast plus the oily taste/feel with it. Right out of the bottle this is quite overpowering while the bitterness from these hops last awhile. After time The malts presented themselves giving off caramel sweetness. When it reached rue warm temp got some more sugar and some grainy taste.

M- I under estimated the power of this before opening it and I was blown away. The amount of hop bite is large and in charge right out of the bottle. Great carbonation and a little overwelming at first. Over time this fades and Mouflan tames down a bit becoming smoother and more bearable. Some syrup feel towards the end.

D- This one is flying right now and could use a lower altitude so im going to store a bottle for two years and see what flies. Either way its great to try a fresh bottle for hopheads or B-wine lovers as this one has a nice mix of both. I guess I did not know what I was getting into, but it was a beautiful ride.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 06:59:56 | More by BARFLYB
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at the brewery.

A: The barleywine is a majestic dark crimson, so dark that is appears black. The darkness obscures any carbonation streams, leaving murky opaqueness. Little head on pour pools as a thin band.

S: Fantaastic. The barleywine smells just as good as I remember the dearly departed Scratch 4. The barleywine's malt profile is loaded with caramel and brown sugar and licorise. The hops are the shining star, soaked with citrusy bitterness and floral liveliness.

T: A hoppy delight that skimps in the malt. The hops have the same base as Nugget Nectar with the added deliciousness of simcoe hops. The result is a florally sweet melange of hops. They coat the tastebuds with a deafening sweetness. The tail end of each sip reveals the malty depth, with the brown sugar and caramel that were so evident in the nose. As good as I remember Scratch 4 being; a pleasant visit with an old friend.

M: The hop profile alone makes this world class. A barleywine that never forgets its American heritage (queue USA! USA! USA!).

D: One bomber of this potent 9%+ brew is sufficient. Welcome back, old friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:37:23 | More by akorsak
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daveGsus

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured about half of a bomber into a pint glass. about a half inch white head went away quickly. nice lace. red-brown in color. hoppy aroma accented with sweetness. my first sip I was not very impressed. as I let the beer warm it progressively got better. it is litterly like taking nugget nectar and mad elf and putting them into one glass without the honey and cherries. I must say I am not big on barleywines but this is exceptional. the mouthful is smooth, light on acid and carbonation. I said it before and I'll say it again the troegs brothers don't fuck around. good job boys!!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:59:26 | More by daveGsus
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last I've come across some bottles of this stuff...

Pours a beautiful, very dark, very rich and somewhat opaque ruby red and brown almost creating a dark maroon appearance. The head is about an inch of super thick, fluffy whiteness. It slowly fades leaving some nice lacing.

Smells of fresh hop goodness, nice and citrusy combined with a very sweet caramel and brown sugar kick as well. With some strong sniffs I can catch a nice hit of alcohol from this as well.

Taste is WOW, lots of hop goodness but not that piney like a super hop bomb. The kick from the hops is very well balanced by a sweet and slightly spicy load of maltiness. The alcohol presence is hidden but its definitely stomach warming after a few small sips.

This is a great beer to sit back and truly revel in. Its one that I'll drink over an hour or so as its very complex and will become even more so as it warms.

I grabbed another bottle and put it away for a winter night next year. It should age well, very well.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:24:52 | More by indiapaleale
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BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tullip

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a big fluffy off white head that just lingers all day long.

Smell: Citrus, floral and a bit piny. Smells like a beefy DIPA, but not quite as hoppy.

Taste: WOW, really thick flavors here. Those american hops are huge in this brew. A slight bitter bite is followed by all sorts of piny/floral hoppy goodness, but instead of finishing clean like a good DIPA this brew just kicks your ass with a nice malty finish. Absolutely amazing, not to many barleywines out there like this one.

Mouthfeel: Not per usual according to barleywine standard, a little on the lighter side.

Drinkability: Fantastic for a 9+% brew. This brew is so balanced the flavor won't really wear you out at all. Ever so slightly hot, but a few months will probably take that off, although the hops will get a bit less in your face...

Notes: Very impressed with this new one (albeit actually being just a changed name) from Troegs. They say it pushed NN off a cliff. Not too sure on the wording but overall it's pretty awesome. While maybe being classified as a "Hop Bomb", the overall balance is nearly perfect. Definitely gonna be buying more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:42:03 | More by BigIrishman
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luvND

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P: 22oz bomber
A: Deep, ruby red, great head and lacing
S: Piney, citrusy, resiny, faint hints of malt come through
T: AWESOME, sweet up front and so nicely bitter in the back. Label says chocolate flavor hints which I dont really get, but enough malt nonetheless to balance a great citrusy hop bitterness.
M: Creamy and damn near perfect
D: Filling, but very drinkable.
Notes: This one is best at cellar temp, too cold gets harsh but at cellar or even room temp it is out of this world. Troegs continues to get better and better. This one rivals any west coast hop monster. Thanks to the bros for the scratch series.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 22:12:26 | More by luvND
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John_M

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a striking toffee, amber brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The bead in this beer is very fine and slow moving, suggesting a very viscuous beer. The nose on this beer is intriguing. The literature I read seems to indicate that the beer has a lot of the same hop varietals found in the nugget nectar, and in fact the beer has a very perfumy hoppy nose that is somewhat reminiscent of the nuggest nectar. However, there is also a strikling sweet malt compoent to this beer, which adds considerably to the complexity. Initially, I got almost something of a sweet manure nose, which I know doesn't sound attractive, but in this case, was not bad. On the palate this is a very serious hoppy style barleywine, one that really (I think) could use some time in the cellar. It's pretty delicious now, with a huge upfront sweet malt profile, which is then balanced nicely with a huge bitter hop presence. The beer starts off as if it will be fairly sweet, but the huge hop bill counters it nicely, so that the beer actually finishes fairly dry. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and drinkability is pretty good for the style.

This is a very serious barleywine, one that is very reminiscent of Stone's Old Guardian and Lagunitas Olde Gnarleywine. However, it has an even more outrageous hop profile on the nose, which gives the beer an added dimension. Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 13:43:15 | More by John_M
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bwd110

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a nonic glass

A: Deep reddish brown. Almost opaque, looks fairly hazy from what little light gets through. Tan half inch head, really nice, full lacing on this one.

S: Wow. Lot going on here! Big hop nose immediately, very reminiscent of nugget nectar, big floral and citrus notes followed immediately by big sweet brown sugar, candy and caramel notes. Maybe a hint of chocolate? I sat with this one a good 5 minutes breathing in the aroma before I ever took a sip.

T: This is a beautiful brew. Big hoppy initial shot of floral and pine notes, balanced wonderfully with a generous dose of sweet grainy malt and tons of candy-like brown sugar, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Hops come around one more time for a nice bitter-dry finish. This is one nicely crafted, well-balanced beer.

M: Medium body, not as heavy as a lot of barleywines, maybe a touch of carbonation zap, but overall covers the palate nicely and finishes smooth and dry.

D: The alcohol is hidden so well, the drinkability is dangerously increased. A bomber of this and I'll need to slow down.

Fantastic effort from Troegs. As with Nugget Nectar this beer almost crosses style. Is nectar an dipa in disguise? The case for The Flying Mouflan as a IIPA could be made as well. Huge dose of hops, balanced by a massive injection of malty, sugary goodness.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 01:05:38 | More by bwd110
Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
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