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Tröegs Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,325 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 151
Gots: 219 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2009)
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Photo of jamie2dope
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

jamie2dope, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
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.

BARFLYB, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of daveGsus
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!!

daveGsus, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
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.

indiapaleale, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
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.

BigIrishman, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of luvND
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.

luvND, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of bwd110
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.

bwd110, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep rusty red, only allowing light through in well lit surroundings... it's quite dark. Head is a little short and doesn't leave much in terms of lacing or retention.

S: Nice, aromatic hops - floral with a bit of an earthy evergreen scent. As it breathes and warms, some dark chocolate and barley flake scents pick up.

T: In a nutshell, sweetened hops. A rather big citrus/floral hop flavour paired with a brown or candi sugar. Quite juicy and tasty.

M: Carbonation is a bit light, with a medium and slightly chewy body that leaves a thin residual feeling over the back of the tongue that allows the flavours to linger on for a while

D: Dangerously easy drinking - or perhaps I just had a long day. It goes down amazingly smooth and easy, considering the alcohol content. Not really hot at all, but I'd still be interested in trying it with a couple or few months on it, as well.

Proteus93, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs- The Flying Mouflan

A- Deep rusty reddish brown with a huge creamy foamy head. Solid lacing down the glass.
S- Thick brown sugar and molasses malt with sweet oily hops.
T- Thick sweet malt with hints of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and vanilla. Thick sweet hops dominate most of the body. Pine and floral hops are thick, sweet, and bitter.
M- Again, thick malt up front with a spicy hop body and finish. Bitter with a spicy dry finish.

Overall- More mellow than expected but thats a good thing.

NJpadreFan, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane and ClockworkOrange for hooking me up with a couple of these beauties.

I love the label on this one. Probably my favorite of all of Troegs brews. Pours a very deep copper/medium brown color with a very dense and creamy two fingers of tan head. Retention is good, keeping a mostly full, albeit thin lace, and it coats the sides of the glass nicely with a bit of stick strewn about.

Smells of a combination of juicy, fruity hops and bold malts. Hops are juicy and citrusy, with a bit of pine too, and the malt is biscuity, with sweet dark caramel and even a bit of a toasty aroma. It's a nice balance but the juicy nature of the hops really separate it from most barleywines and lead me to believe that fresh is probably best for this beer.

Taste features the same combination of hop flavor and a rich malt profile. Lots of dark caramel and a bready/biscuity flavor, some toasted malt and even a hint of chocolate. Hops feature juicy citrus flavor as well as a significant earthiness, as well as some resiny pine. It's beautifully balanced and again the freshness of the hops adds an element that takes this above and beyond most any other barleywine I've ever had. The alcohol is well hidden which is very important given that I'm advocating for drinking it fresh.

Mouthfeel is closer to a full body than a medium one, and is very smooth, with an outstanding creaminess and a slick, oily feel. Carbonation is moderate which seems appropriate.

This is just an outstanding beer. I'm glad they decided to take this Scratch brew and make it a full production one. It's just outstanding; the best barleywine I've ever had. Unlike most barleywines I really can't see aging this brew doing much for it; I'm certain it would still be very good, but the fresh, juicy hop flavor is what makes this truly special. Get it quick and drink it fresh!

number1bum, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

The Flying Mouflan: think Mad Elf and Nugget Nectar had a scandalous affair and 9 months later had a slightly evil child.

A really deep, dark mahogany body with russet undertones. Head is thin, khaki in color and rises to about half a finger. Dots of lace pepper the inside of the glass.

Huge pine needle, spruce aroma knocks the olfactories back a bit while a heavy toffee and caramel malt bill separate the nose from nugget nectar. A touch of fusel alcohol is hiding underneath.

A hoppy barleywine for sure. Grapefruit and pine needles up front with the malts then taking over. Toffee and slightly burnt caramel lend a sweetness that is counteracted by the bitter hops. The delicate dance. Some dried fruits (plums and cherries) are also noticeable. A decent amount of fusel alcohol leaves a little burning in its wake.

Smooth and creamy with a slightly chewy hop presence. Very big and bad as it darts and dances around and over the palate.

The Flying Mouflan drinks bigger and badder than 9.3%. I would have guessed 11%. A sipper, but one that I can't seem to get enough of.

ColForbinBC, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for opening a bottle of the Mouflan during his recent tasting party. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my glass. Appears a dark apricot color with about a finger of off white head. I really don't know what to think about this beer. Is it a barleywine or a DIPA? Whatever it is, it's delicious. The first thing that enters my mind after smelling and tasting is this beer is I've found Nugget Nectar's granddady. Nugget Nectar concentrate in a bottle, if you will. Smells and tastes of resinous, skunky (the good kind), sticky super fresh hops. Notes of caramel and brown sugar are present, but the hops keep everything in nearly perfect symmetry. Just about full bodied with medium carbonation. For my tastes, this is a toss up between Moflan and Naked Elf for the best beer ever to come out of the doors on Paxton Street.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thin head. Smells hoppy and a bit sweet. Right now it tastes like a mix of a DIPA and a barleywine. First sip & I thought barleywine but later it seems more like a DIPA. My wife stole a glass after a sip which means she thought of it as a DIPA. Mouthfeel is smooth but there is a bit of a bite of etoh in there. I am interested to see how this ages.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark garnet to brown - shiny - with a tan head that becomes a swirl.

The smell is resiny/pine with sweet dark fruit (plum) and caramel/toffee. There's a sprinkle of peppery alcohol, but it blends well.

The taste is of dark fruit - raisin/plum with toffee/caramel. Piney and resiny, it is sweet but has an earthy/herbal bitter hop balance. As it progresses, a cherry fruitiness adds to the complexity. The taste is even more pleasurable in the second half, resulting in my lifting the taste score to the higher of the two I was torn between. It has a sweetish finish, with a well-blended peppery alcohol kick.

The body is medium-to-full. Not as syrupy or thick as some barleywines, but certainly smooth.

Although some alcohol shows, it doesn't show quite to the level it is at. It drinks smoothly and well (dangerously so, as if I had had a second bottle, I might have been tempted...)
A different take on a barleywine that works very well, with a tasty, complex maltiness with a nice hop showing. "Big", but very approachable. A treat, indeed!

jwc215, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber bottle...
Appearnce: Ruby-red, dark-amber hue... Impressive head and moderate lacing....
Smell: Strong malt-driven aroma... Honey, sugars, red beets...
Taste: Candied sugars, honey, syrup, molasses... Super sweet barleywine... Powerful flavor... Dominating stuff...
Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied with an alcohol glow at the back of the throat...
Average drinkability due to the strong flavors and high ABV...

dsa7783, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Morey
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of it's 22oz bottle this beer has a hazy reddish-brown appearance with the red coming through when held up to the light. Nice tan head with some good lacing qualities.

Smell is rather mild, yet some whiffs of caramel and brown sugar can be detected. Faint smell of alcohol fumes also noted.

This is a great tasting barleywine, which almost has some characteristics of a malt-heavy DIPA. The hops and malts are perfectly balanced with deep caramel and chocolaty flavors.

Drinkability could easily be a 5 if it weren't for the 9.3% ABV.

Morey's Bottom Line: Right up there with the best barleywines that I've had. Probably the most drinkable too. It's nice to see another great offering from Troegs!

Morey, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

ToddT, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of JRed
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours reddish brown with off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Fruit tang aroma with hops that give off pine and sugary sweets displaced throughout. Taste is fruit tang, candied fruit, citrus, syrup, with some alcoholic boozy undertones. Light carbonation with a slick oily mouthfeel. Drinkability takes a shot when the fruit tang builds up discouraging me from taking another sip. This is a good nightcap that could go well with flan but other than that a bit too syrupy sweet for my liking.

JRed, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-cask at the Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA. It was served in a snifter.
Appearance: The body is a deep purple color. The head is a thin egg-shell color with small bubble, thin lacing and good retention.
Smell: The aroma is very grapey and boozy.
Taste: The flavors are fruity, dark dates and figs, raisins.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth as silk.
Drinkability: This is an excellent beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of SeanRedd
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thick, caramel covered, sugar crystalled malty bitter hop bomb...with plent of malt to balance. Zesty fruit; strawberry and fig blend into a thick syrup. A light carboation feeds into the thick body and plenty of sugar surfaces. The aroma and appearance are unbeatable pastries. Candied center with a pinching fruit yeast contribution. Too sweet for me, and at times a bit artificially-flavored complex.

SeanRedd, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of boralyl
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

A - Poured this into my Mad Elf chalice. Pours 2 fingers of tan head that has a pretty good retention and leaves nice rings of lacing. The beer is a beautiful dark ruby red, almost a purple-ish brown color.

S - Lots of juicy citrus and piny hops combined with dark fruits like plum. The hops dominate definitely dominate the aroma though.

M - A medium bodied beer with an abundant amount of carbonation, although it doesn't spoil the beer.

T - The dark fruits hit first as well as a wood like flavor and make up most of the first half of the beer. Around the middle you get a good blast of hops, both floral and citrus, that linger into the finish mixing with a little bit of alcohol. Overall it does a pretty good job of hiding the alcohol in the finish, and only has a small bitterness to it. The finish is mostly clean.

Usually I'm not a big fan of barley wines, but this is a different beast. It's like a mixed monster 1/2 barley wine 1/2 imperial IPA, which makes a delicious combo. I'm aging another bottle for a year since this beer is supposed to transform as it ages and the hops mellow out. I'll update the review then.

boralyl, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: 22-ounce bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Picked two of these up at the Troegs Brewery yesterday.

A: Single-finger head on the pour with a TON of carbonation bubbles visible on top--bubbles on top of bubbles. The brew itself is very dark for the style, slightly lighter than a rich dark chocolate. The head fade somewhat quickly, leaving behind plenty of bubbles, as well as some nice lacing.

S: Sweet sensation. I'm smelling peaches, apricots, and maybe some melon. The hops are definitely there as well. Overall, the only thing I've had with a comparable smell is fresh HopSlam.

T: All of the smell isn't necessarily in the taste--the taste brings forward more malt, less sweetness, and a decent amount of hops. Flavor profile definitely expands as it warms up.

M: Very delicate, light mouthfeel. Medium amounts of carbonation and little alcohol presence.

D: Quite drinkable. While I prefer to drink just one of these slowly, I could definitely see drinking more than just one.

Thorpe429, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into Mad Elf challice on 3/15/09.

A - Poured a beautiful royal plum-colored body with deep reddish highlights and almost two full fingers of creamy beige head that settled into a thin veil, yielding an exquisite patchwork of sticky lacing that decorated the sides of the glass.

S - The Flying Mouflan delivers a pungent hop bouquet featuring tons of piney, resiny hop goodness with a slpash of tangy citrus fruit and even a bit of earthy, woody notes. However, the aggressively hopped up aroma is balanced by an equally brawny malt presence with burnt caramel notes and a toasted grainy character. A moderate waft of alcohol also appears as the liquid warmed up.

T - Opens with a flavor explosion of piney and resiny hops and a bit of citrus. However, despite such a huge hop character, there is also quite a strudy malt backbone comprised of caramel malt, toasted grains and burnt sugar. This is a battle of hops versus malt, and I'm not sure which is victorious.

M - Exceptionally creamy and smooth mouthfeel for such an extreme barleywine. Hop bitterness isn't as harsh as I remember Scratch #4 being, but it is certainly bold and aggressive. Carbonation is bristly but not overdone, and lends itself to the creaminess of the mouthfeel.

D - This straddles the line between American Barleywine and DIPA. Scratch #4 is the beer that really got me into the barleywine style, so needless to say it was indeed a pleasure to experience this phenomenal brew again. I am glad I purchased a whole case of this. Aside from Nugget Nectar, this is probably the best brew Troegs has ever concocted. Simply put, this is an amazing beer.

ffejherb, Mar 16, 2009
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Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.