Tröegs Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
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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 d0ggnate
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What the hell is a Flying Mouflan? I don't know, but I like it.

A: Pours a velvet amber/brown/almost purple color with a puffed up two finger head layer that leaves patch lace around my glass.
S: Grape notes. Hops mixed with malt beautifully.
T: Subdued and bitter hops. Strong malt flavors, too. This beer really reminds me of a table wine. As this beer warms, almost a chocolate/cocoa flavor emerges.
M: Mouth coating flavor with a thinner body. The hops aren't overwhelming here.
D: Pretty good stuff. Not my favorite in the style, but a welcomed treat from the East Coast.

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

A: Poured a dark cranberry-apple when held to light, with a ½ finger creamy, khaki colored head. Retention was short and quick to dissipate to a patchy covering while no visible lacing was observed. Visible effervesce was strong with tiny knitted bubbles flowing steadily and quickly to the surface.

S: The nose yielded fresh and sugary grapefruit, with pine needles and a sweet semi-dry caramel backing. The aroma was light-medium in strength, decent though really didn't stand out in any other way.

T: boozy, with dry bourbon , dried grapefruit and a dark toasted semi-sweet caramel malting. A very bitter display of dry hopping here with grapefruit that finishes with an oily citrus fade that was fairly bitter. Though it had a dark and very bitter nature with a good deal of intensity, it lacked layering and complexity, and pretty much finished how it started with little surprises inbetween or upon warming. Perhaps aging as suggested would mellow the intense hoppiness providing for a more smooth experience, but fresh was pretty bash and straight forward.

M: bitter and oily with a slight carbonation tingle around the edges of the tongue. A full bodied beer that left a lingering dry citrus and toasted grains fade behind well after the swallow. A gentle display of alcohol warming rounds things out on the finish and fade.

D: Definitly a tongue grabbing and bitter experience, though seemed a little one dimensional flavor wise. While it was a pretty decent beer overall, a bomber is sure to suffice.

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

Barley wine, huh. I'm not so sure. Yeah, its got loads of hops AND malt providing more sweetness than a double IPA. But it just doesn't taste and feel like a barleywine. I'd go with dark double IPA or America Strong Ale.

Semantics aside, it pours a dark brown with a small head and great lacing. Clearly loaded with nugget hops (I know this because of the vast lakes of nugget nectar I have drunk over the past three and a half months.) Lots of dark malt too. Results in a sweet somewhat grapfruity bouquet that tastes exactly like it smells. Gives a nice hop fix with sweet dark fruit and only a small bite betraying the 9.3% abv despite which it goes down way too easy.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brownish black in the color department, a laid back but noticeable caramel head and stellar lacing on the pint glass.

S: The star by far, nose to the bottle let some of that there chocolate come forward. Poured in the glass with a big wiff afterward was a treat in itself. Senses of cocoa, brown sugar, strawberry, and tolerable sweet malts.

T: Taste is a nice dose of hops up front, soothed out with the mellowness of the chocolate and malt in the back. I like the richness in this beer which enhances as it warms.

M: Thick as well, almost as a brick... I would call it full bodied. Very sticky on the palate with the roasted malt mostly being the factor, I like. ABV, look up its high, keep the funnels at home and sip away.

D: It's not extremely high to me but that should do no discouragement. I like the fresh, but the latter version should be a doozy. Recommended either way.

Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown with a bit of a reddish hue. A thin beige cap of fine bubbles formed slowly during the pour. Spotty lacing, decent head retention. Ah... classic American barleywine aroma, lots of caramel and toffee with a healthy dose of pine and grapefruit. Fairly heavy on the citrus rind and pith without being too sharp, some tangerine too. Bitterness was balanced and really changed from start to finish. Up front it was in the background, allowing the sweet malts and caramel dominate. Mid-palate was where the hop flavour started to happen, again with the grapefruit and a bit of pine, lots of pith. Bitterness grew towards the end and really lingered, along with a mixed fruit basket of citrus goodness. Caramel and toffee were still present at this point, but had definitely taken a back seat to the hops. Full bodied without being overly heavy, carbonation was on the lower side making it fairly smooth. Some alcohol flavour and warmth in the finish. Pretty much exactly what I expect from a solid barleywine. Lots of malt, lots of hops, a bit aggressive, but still nice and smooth.

Photo of bamadog
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a bomber of this with Kels on 5/6/09. I feel it may have been a little hyped up, but it was still pretty tasty. Overall though, the sweetness became a bit of a hindrance.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/brown, not much unlike iced tea, with a big 2 finger light tan head that is thick and chewy; leaves a firm full lacing on the side; body is cloudy and sediment floast near and rests on the bottom.

Smell: Hops. Lots of hops. As it warms a citrusy flavor starts to come out and it also starts to smell sweeter.

Taste: Hoppy and ibtter at first, then accompannied by what tastes like raw brown sugar mixed in; citrusy orange peell creeps in as it warms a bit and then the raw brown sugar starts to taste more like burnt sugar; sweetness really becomes a bit overwhelming as it warms and the balance is kind of shot.

Mouthfeel: Left feeling very sticky, yet the alcohol attempts to dry it; mouth is tingly and warm, as is the chest.

Drinkability: Meh. Not my favorite beer from Troegs, that's for sure. It tastes alright, but the balance is a bit too far on the sweet side for my preference, but I can see why a lot of other people may like it.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with bright ruby highlights when held up to light. Two finger brown head quickly fades to leave thin brown cap. Excellent lacing left behind.

S - Aromas of pine, dark fruits and an earthiness mix together in the nose. The piney hops provide the most dominant smell but the others play in very well. Light caramel notes as well from the malt.

T - Rather sweet initially with plum and fig in the taste. A piney hoppiness takes over but is not overly bitter. The caramel/toffee flavors from the malts provide an excellent backing to the entire drink.

M/D - Full bodied with a very heavy feel in the mouth. A little too high on the carbonation, but not to the point that it really distracts from the beer. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Photo of kels
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a bomber of this with bamadog per pwoods' recommendation. Poured into pints:

Appearance: Pours a deep rusted brown and is cloudy with an immense 2 1/2 finger, off-white, foamy head that fades and retains at a skim. HUGE lacing swathes the walls of the glass.

Smell: Huge sugary sweetness, candied malts, citrus and piney hops, bitter oiliness that reminds me a little of cough syrup.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malts read very sweet and tremendously caramelly while being toasted to the point of burnt at the same time. They read a little like bitter chocolate. Hops are oily and full of bitter citrus rind and oily, sticky pine sap. The alcohol is clear and present and reminiscent of plastic-bottle hard liquor - very hot and vaporous. The taste is pretty big - I would almost describe as harsh - in its lack of balance. Feel is bright and mouthfilling, leaving a sticky residue after for quite some time.

Drinkability: Low to moderate at best. It is actually challenging to drink thanks to the boldness of the flavors and the heat of the alcohol.

Photo of drseamus
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" light brown head over the cloudy red brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven swirl, with heavy legs and average lacing.

Aroma is sweet, hoppy, and notes of alcohol. Taste starts with the same sweetness, citrusy fruitiness coupled with pine hops character, light numbing to close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is way easy. Could drink too much of this, for sure.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a dark, reddish-brown color, with a small, light-brown head that sticks around for only seconds and doesn't leave any lace.

S: Malt and hops. Great aromas of toffee and caramel that go toe to toe with pine and citrus hops.

T: Big flavors of caramel, toffee, and pan roasted nuts. Hops come on pretty strong with flavors of pine, citrus, and mint. I also noticed fleeting snatches of dark chocolate and espresso.

M: Pretty rough-right out of the fridge. This sucker mellows considerably as it comes up to cellar temp. Finishes up dry and bitter with a distinct fruity tang.

D: There's no mistaking this for anything but what it is. American Barleywine, baby! Dry, bitter, and slightly raw but the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Photo of rasta16ry
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a regular beer glass, and it was really much redder than I expected. It had a nice head, about a half inch, and it actually looked much browner than I thought it would. Definitely sticky, and it stuck to the side of the glass as it went down more and more.

The smell of this beer is hoppy and malty, almost equally so in my opinion. From the look of it to the smell, my pre-sip feeling was that this was going to be a super-extreme beer, and I was a little afraid that it was going to have too much going on to be as good as some of Troegs' other offerings. I especially like Nugget Nectar, so I was definitely looking forward to this one.

Once I tasted it though, my fears were alleviated. The taste is sharp, piney and hoppy and citrusy, but it is surprisingly balanced with darker flavors like toffee and even some chocolate and coffee. Maybe caramel too, I don't want to go overboard though. It is very drinkable and really hides the 9+% well. A very full-tasting beer, and a full mouthfeel as well. The maltiness makes it very drinkable, and compliments the hops rather than working against them. No bitterness to speak of.

This is really a great beer, and one that I probably would like to have every now and again. One a night, though. I wouldn't want to get sick of it, because it's pretty unique and the alcohol content is deceiving. It's well priced at $7, at least in New York, and it keeps up with Troegs' other fine offerings.

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

Thanks to jasonm for this extra in a recent trade. I took this bomber to La Bella on another Tuesday night (4/28/09) to share with Joey and Danny.

Pours a dark amber and brown color with ½ inch of foam with decent retention.

On the nose were some toasted malts, caramel, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, lemon, brown sugar, yeast esters, and some alcohol in the back. As the beer warmed up I started to detect some sweet orange peel, hints of toffee, and chocolate. After a few minutes the beer seemed to get fruitier with cherries and a bit of pomegranate.

Bitter upfront with some candied orange, bitter toast, citrus bitterness, and burnt brown sugar. A few sips later I could taste some caramelized malts, toffee, and a bit of chocolate. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Medium carbonation and almost a little aggressive on the tongue at first but smooth and dry in the finish. Not a big fan of this style but this is quite tasty.

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

Bomber split with friends into some tasting glasses.

Appearance: A beautiful amber color with full carbonation floating up from everywhere. A cherry-colored head covers the top. Almost looks a bit like cherry soda. Sexy-looking overall.

Smell: I've had talks with many folks recently about the thin line between some American Barleywines and Double IPAs, and this is a beer that should maybe be entered into that argument. Huge fruit esters are present, which I love. Juicy watermelon has a huge presence, along with kiwi and trouble fruits, and some tart cherries. There's also a ton of citrus present from the hops, so it's not necessarily a malt bomb, but more like a fruit-forward beer.

Taste: Deliciously fruity and hoppy. Again, watermelon makes its presence known, along with ripe strawberries and cherries, and green apple skin. Grapefruit comes in from the hops, adding a good pungent bitterness, and leading to tons of fruit, lip-smacking, everywhere. Finish is long with tons of citrus and some earthiness coming through. Where's the chocolate, though? I don't care, actually, but I don't get much at all, if any. Maybe some age will do the trick there?

Mouthfeel: Big with tons of carbonation to balance out the thickness of the body. Tons of good bubbles. Coating but not syrupy, and well done overall.

Drinkability: A wonderful brew that fans of Barleywines and DIPAs need to find. I have another bottle, thankfully, that I'd like to age for about 4-6 months, thinking some chocolate might come in, since they do say something about it on the label that curls around the bottleneck. Get it if you can find it.

Photo of Nickls
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep hazy golden brown color, hints of lighter brown and ruby around the edges. Finger of light tan head that had just OK retention, but left a thin layer of head through most of the sample...decent curtain-like lacing at points.

S - Sweet dark fruits, medicinal aromas; resiny hop bitterness comes in at the end

T - Pretty aggressive hop bitterness...gin-like pine flavors, cedar and resin all come to mind. Great malt background, dark cherries, touch of raisin. Not as sweet as some other examples in the style. Lots of layers, and flavors continue to develop as it warms.

M - Thicker MF, coating, creamy, a little viscous, and leaves a silk-like feel over your tongue and palate. Good presence of carbonation, but still fairly subtle.

D - Of course this is a sipper, but a very interesting one at that. Nothing that you could plough through even if you wanted. Very enjoyable, though.

Overall, a wonderful example of the style and one of the best versions that I've had actually. Highly recommended.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown to ruby red with a big foamy head that settles back nicely to a thin covering of a creamy off-white color. Lacing is erratic and unique. You could tell someones fortune by the patterns this one makes; if you were a lace reader.

The first smell is a very grassy hop aroma with some sweet undertones of raisins and dark fruit. Also, watermelon if that makes any sense.

I first detect a big round malt sweetness. Tastes of watermelon and grapefruit pith on the aftertaste and a clean, light, grassy hop taste in the middle and flowing under and between both is a subtle chocolate flavor. If you're not careful, you could miss it.

The mouthfeel is soft and smooth overall with carpet-bombing of carbonation on the tongue. Still soft all around though. Nice.

Drinkability is only good because the complexity of this taste lends to many small sips and in a 22oz bottle and 9.3%, having a second one is unlikely even if it weren't so rare.

I'm interested to see how this one ages.

Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received this today from BeerTruth, god bless em. I've had this beer before as Tröegs Scratch 4. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a ruby dark brown with a giant two finger dirty tan head that lasts forever. The cap and collar never really recedes and tons of lacing is left about the glass.
Smell- Starts with a sort of fruity caramel goodness that is slightly alcoholic. Raisins and licorice are more than abundant as is toffee and a touch of molasses. Not the biggest nose in the world but what is there is nice.
Taste- Starts slightly sweet with a big fruity blast of deliciousness. This is even better than I remember. Sticky dark cherries, figs, raisins and plums all intermingle in a delicious mélange of fruity goodness. Tons of brown sugar and caramel as well adding that aforementioned sweetness. A tad of red licorice and tangerine peel add a slight bit of bright fruitiness toward the finish. Some lingering bitterness sneaks in toward the finish but nothing crazy.
Mouthfeel- Big and thick and heavy with a very creamy feel and light sticky carbonation.
Drinkability- Never had a brew so hop forward with such little bitterness and big fruitiness. Not the biggest Barleywine fan of all time but I really do love this beer. It's dripping with hoppy goodness. Thanks much Adam!!

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

Pours burgundy-brown, cloudy with a fluffy tan head. The head was big and fluffy tan. The head fell rather slowly and left a very nice lace, tall collar, and splotchy coating.

Big pine and green hop aroma up front. Dried fruit and stone fruit abound. Molasses and caramel. Dutch process cocoa powder.

The taste is quite amazing. Big pine and green up front like the nose. Sweet malts abound, with caramel, molasses, and semi-sweet dark chocolate. The middle brings the fruitiness with raisins and prunes and stone fruit. The finish adds a bit of alcohol warmth with an added long, lingering bitterness.

Full body, thick on the palate. Creamy, mouth coating and sticky. Nice smooth and creamy carbonation.

This is one fine beer. Extremely drinkable. I could easily continue to have more after the bomber.

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

This poured maroon with a frothy beige head. The aroma is similar to nugget nectar but more bitter. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste. The doughy breadlike malt flavor is tasty. This brew is thicker than nugget nectar and very barleywineish. The feel is moderate to thick, oily and smooth. Overall its not as flavorful as the nugget nectar, maybe its the extra (but not overdone for a barleywine) alcohol. Its not as balanced as the other troegs beers but its not supposed to be. Its an awesome offering.

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

This beer was recommended to me by a buddy and I have to say that I can't be happier he did.

The beer pours a phenomenal burnt, chocolate-amber color that looks absolutely beautiful.

There is a two finger head to this beer that holds steady. It's a nutty head that falls just short of creamy.

Taste...ahhh, this is a stellar beer. Tastes chocolatey initially, then creamy and milky, then caramel malt, and finishes with a delightful hoppiness that is so well-balanced it's uncanny.

Do yourself a favor and pick this up if you see it.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really nice brown color with minimal white head.

S: Big spicy malt note with some hints of the yeast. Really nice and spicy. Big hop blast to finish as well. Kind of what you would expect. A maltier version of Nugget Nectar.

T: Nice big spicy malt taste. Nice big hop finish. Really nice classic American Barleywine. Finishes very nice and sweet.

M: Nice body on the light side of heavy. Nice carbonation and overall mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. Reminded me of Druid Fluid on cask which is a jewel. Very nicely done. Glad to see they are willing to bring some scratch beers back.

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

22oz. bottle

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a creamy eggshell head that thins. Decent lacing around the glass.

Huge citrusy hop aroma with a slightly detectable caramel malt presence. An olfactory delight.

Malty sweet with citrusy hops that assualt the palate from the onset. Aggressive bitterness midway that brings balance to the sweetness. Finishes sweet with a pleasant lingering citrus hop flavor.

Full body, mild carbonation.

A big brother to Nugget Nectar, it's one well balanced and easy drinking American barleywine. Certainly the quality you would expect from Troegs.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by PWoods.
Pours ruby brown in color with a nice inch of frothy off white head. Looks good. Smells even better. A nice blast of hops to start off with, then a nice rush of roasted malts and some spice. Taste is even better than the smell. I'm really digging this beer. Plenty of hops in the flavor, perfect. Full and robust in the mouthfeel. You have to refrain from crushing this beer, it is really that drinkable. There's no sign of the alcohol in this beer. It would be interesting to see what some age would do to this beer, but I think the fresh hop presence is what makes this beer what it is now. Very good beer, along with the Mad Elf, this is easily my favorite offering from Troegs.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle
Pours dark plummy amber, murky under a dak tan head that leaves splotches of lace. Nose is of ripe fruit, musty hop oils and then some sweet maple. Strong and tasty brew. Bold strokes of resiny hops and repectable layers of maple malts. Some glimmers of boozy alcohol poke their heads up, but the smoothness and continuing melange of hops/malts follow through to make the finish line. Nice offering thats well worth a try.

Photo of Stockfan42
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer blew my mind. It was like taking a nugget nectar and getting it impregnated by the red saturnalia, than the nugget nectar went and had an affair with chocolate stout.

Pretty dark body on the poar, dark red tint and a brown tinted foam head. Smells great, reminds me of the first time I had saturnalia on tap. Nice sweet hoppy aroma, a little malt and chocolate in there as well.

Some good flavor's going on in this beer. The bitter hops and malty body make this beer very sweet, also hints of dark chocolate, pineapple and grapefruits, maybe some other fruits as well.

Suprisingly not as heavy as I would have expected it to be. Pretty big and dark beer, but goes down very smoothly and leaves a great after taste. Deffinatly my favorite beer brewed from the troegs brothers to date.

Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,349 ratings.