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Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%


Brewed by:
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from Stormking47

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 04:44:28 | More by russpowell
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SBCBUCA21

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:51:02 | More by SBCBUCA21
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 14:06:44 | More by csrbv
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Drypaint

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 17:45:40 | More by Drypaint
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Act25

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into .5 cylinder glass .

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:26:38 | More by Act25
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:25:31 | More by hardy008
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streetcommander

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from pilsner glass at 50F.

Color is dark swamp water mahogany. Head is brown and sticky.

Nose is toasty, brown sugar, molasses, malt, and dark sesame seeds.

Taste like it smells. Flavor has distinctive Troegs gusto and is clearly unashamed to have a heavy grain bill. Carries the alcohol with pride. No hiding behinds adjunct sugars. Warming and welcoming without a boozy back of the rogue sting.

Body is a bit heavy, so you won't likely be swirling more than 24-48 oz down at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:05:14 | More by streetcommander
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ehammond1


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

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, YaKnowBrady!

A dark barleywine, but not black by any means. A charred amber and dark brown with a moderately-sized dark brown, creamy head. This leaves messy chunks of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate. Very sticky.

An appropriately sweet aroma of toffee and caramel, some candy bar (chocolate and caramel, combined), some burnt notes (though complementary), and some booze as the beer comes to room temperature. It's not distracting, however, and it comes together quite nicely. Complete.

The flavor is exceptional, and better than the aroma. It's a complete, incredibly drinkable, American barleywine. Moderate bitterness, mild chocolate, lots of burnt sugars (toffees, caramels), and a bit of alcohol come together very nicely. An incredible beer to sip on during a cold evening...though I can hardly sip it, I'm gulping it! Delicious!

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable and delicious. I came in without expectations, and I left wanting more Flying Mouflan!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 02:32:17 | More by ehammond1
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2011, poured into a Weyberbacher glass. I've had the Mouflan several times before, but never aged.
Poured with two thick fingers of frothy tan head, and a nice clear mahogany body. Smells like sticky toffee pudding and raisins... yum! Great taste as well, the age really mellowed the booziness and brought out malty characteristics. Still some hoppy bitterness lingering as well, but much more subdued than when fresh. Lots of sweetness and caramel. Light to medium body, smooth and still lots of bubbly carbonation. Easy finish.
This is definitely one of my favorite barleywines, and the age mellowed it a little, which I enjoyed. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 18:12:32 | More by shangwang
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mfavoino

Washington

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me from Treebs a while back. Thanks for hitting this big want.

A: Cloudy red cola color with a solid head that recedes quickly.

S: Dark fruit, specifically raisins, bold caramel malt, and some booze. Sweet smelling barleywine with minimal citrus from the remaining hops.

T: Touch of hops on the front end, then the strong caramel backbone comes through. Raisins, dried fruit, toffee, and sweetness comes through. Very slight hop presence as it finishes. Flavors seem somewhat muted.

M: Medium-heavy, soft carbonation, and slight booze.

O: A good representation of the style, although the time that the bottle sat made it less American because of the diminished hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:00:33 | More by mfavoino
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip. bottled on 05.01.12. batch # 120320

A: murky looking chestnut/reddish body. head is a shade darker than bright white. very bubbly. retention is good, while the lacing is epic. thick and exactly what it should be.

S: raisins. tons of brown sugar. a little bit of a dessert liquor. Italian Disaronno comes to mind. slightly floral, the hop presence struggles to make its presence known. perhaps it has had enough time to mellow some of that hop aroma?

T: plenty of sweetness starts things off. bitterness undertones throughout, but nothing significant. certainly some heat towards the finish. otherwise the finish is super nutty and that flavor lings long after the sip is gone. candied sugar comes out in the finish as well.

M: very chewy brew. big bodied.

D: pretty close to your standard American barleywine flavors/descriptors. good, but similar to most beers in this style guideline, nothing too impressive. this had some time on it and still had some heat, interested to know how long until that flavor fully sizzles out.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 07:00:22 | More by Jimmys
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brureview

Massachusetts

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

Poured a mahogany color with a one finger head- very good looking beer in a snifter.

The aroma was apparent before I put my nose to the glass: toffee, butterscotch, and candy.

The mouth feel was slightly carbonated.

The finish was a wonderful blend of butterscotch, candy and toffee with slight alcohol.
A balanced taste.

This is a winner. Will try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 04:05:12 | More by brureview
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to HFS sniffer

A: Dark nut brown and completely opaque with a thin tan head that goes away

S: Malt city thare is a dominant smell of sweet malts and that is about all I can smell

T: This is a malt bomb for sure you can taste the sweetness of the malt sugars but there is some hop bitterness to it I would not call it balanced by any means, but there is a hop presence. There is also a crisp after taste that allows this to be pretty drinkable especially for a barleywine

M: very oily and syrupy you can almost feel the malt sugars coating your mouth. It goes down rather smooth for the amount of alcohol as it is not really any late noticeable burn

O: I don't usually drink barley wines as they aren't really my style but I enjoyed this one and it was really drinkable for the amount of malt in the taste which would normally turn me off. It could definitely be toned down and have the deeper flavors come out with some age, but an enjoyable experience none the less worth a try if you like barleywines

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 03:04:46 | More by Pinknuggets
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a decent sized light tan head, sticks around for awhile and also to the glass.

Smell is quite hoppy even with the large caramel malt backbone, very earthy in its aroma, hint of grapefruit and citrus.

Taste is exactly as thought, a hoppy malt bomb, a decent citrus hop presence hits first but quickly gets pushed aside as the sweet deep caramel malt takes over, the caramel/toffee is huge, still finishes slightly dry and the sweetness of the malt isn't cloying or overly sticky, soft carbonation lends a great creaminess and body to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:44:15 | More by deltatauhobbit
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first "big beers" I ever tried years ago, I finally re-visited this one for the first time in a while.

Pours dark ruby red with a creamy tan head. Decent retention and clumps of lacing on the glass.

A little bit of citrus hop character in the nose and an onslaught of caramel/toffee flavors along with dark fruits and a bit of vanilla. Almost liquer like with the sweetness and candied hop aroma.

Taste is not quite up to par with the nose as the sweetness dominates a bit too much. Citrus hops especially grapefruit are present up front along with a syrupy caramel presence. I get a lot of brown sugar, vanilla and raisin/fig character as well as this definitely leans more toward English barleywine than American. Hops are present, but malts shine. A little booze is evident on the back end. Again almost like a brandy with the fruity sweetness.

Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Fruity sweet booze finish, but not over alcoholic. A bit on the sweet side overall, but there is some bitterness.

A tasty beer although one I'd recommend splitting as it's too overly sweet to take down a whole bottle myself. Even splitting it, 11 oz was more than enough. I've had this at various stages of its life and feel it's definitely best fresh as the sweetness/bitterness are the best ratio then.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 18:03:35 | More by jmarsh123
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CHickman

New York

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

Bought this bomber freshly bottled from the Tröegs Brewery in August 2011, and let it age for over a year. Pours a blood red color that seems clear, but is so dark no night comes through; has a creamy 2 finger tan that faded slowly leaving a creamy layer on top and decent spotty lacing.

I got a whiff of citrus hops up front, followed by caramel, toffee, sweet malt, grapefruit, syrup, raisin, apple, plum and other dark fruit, sweet candy, light herbs, vanilla and booze like rum or a sweet liquor; the hops were stronger than expected after a year, and the nose was sweet and pleasant overall. It almost seems like red wine, with oaky notes from the fruity sweetness.

Tastes very sweet, and almost too sweet, but it did not cross the line or “jump the shark”. Flavors include citrus hops, grapefruit, apple, caramel, toffee, syrup, raisin, sweet malt, plum, cherry and other dark fruit, sweet candy, light herbs, vanilla, biscuit, brown sugar, flowers, piney hops and booze like rum or light alcohol. It’s quite complex, with the fruity sweetness, hops and alcohol all swirling around together. The malt and bready notes balance out the hops, and the fruity sweetness seems like the hops and yeast transformed this into a more wine like experience. There is a nice mild bitterness, and this begs to be sipped slowly like a cognac.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth at the same time, with a buttery feel on the tongue, a heavy chewy body, mild carbonation, and fruity sweet finish that was slightly bitter. It’s sweet overall, but also complex and rather easy to drink considering the ABV that is always present and the hop bitterness.

I would definitely have this again and recommend trying it as it was highly drinkable to me for the style, and tasty in general. I’m glad I let this age as it was a lot mellower than I expected, and a very fine slow sipper indeed. I'd like to get a few more bottles to try it fresh and age one for a longer period of time. The alcohol kicks in as I took the last few sips, so look out as this one creeps up on you.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 05:01:10 | More by CHickman
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained as an extra in a trade in early 2010. This bottle is likely almost 3 years old, and has been cellared at 50 degrees F. Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Pours a cloudy russet hue. This bottle has been large undisturbed for the past two years but doesn't look like it- there is nothing clear about it. Pours with a thin head that quickly dissipates.

The nose is appealing, with hints of ripe apples, apple brandy, sweet figs, treacle, burnt toffee, and caramelized malt. Smells very much like a classic aged English barleywine. Interestingly, the hops used to push with IBUs over 100 when this was fresh are not English at all. Time does interesting (and in this case wonderful) things to beer.

The flavor is quite outstanding. The dark dried fruit elements come out in force, with juicy raisin and fig cookie-filling making a dent. Dark syrupy bread and brandy-macerated grapes come to mind. The original hops in their fresh form are 90% gone, but still deliver some noticeable bitterness. Chocolate is also in there somewhere, but it isn't prominent, and manifests itself like "chocolate chips in bread" as opposed to an actual pure chocolate flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick, rich, sweet, and hasn't lost a bit of staying power over the years. This one could go years longer and still have body left.

Conclusion: I intended to wait till sometime next year to open this bottle (received in a trade in early 2010). This is the first time I have tried this beer, and seeing as it never makes it out to CO, it may be the last. Well worth the wait, and I am glad I didn't drink it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 21:19:58 | More by allforbetterbeer
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Aged 2 years, 22 oz bomber
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy amber, brown color with a 1/2 inch of khaki colored head. Head recedes to a film that retains the length of the beer. Minor wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is tons of toffee, caramel notes, raisin, date, and a hint of citrus. After 2 years, there is still a decent amount of alcohol detectable in the nose.

T: Taste is loaded with toffee and caramel at the forefront, lending its way to a raisin, date, and brown sugar flavoring. Hefty malt body continues in to the finish with a hint of citrus, pine, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, slick body that dries up right before ending with a sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, pretty tasty, somewhat filling, big kick, nice representation of style.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 01:32:59 | More by Jayli
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SLeffler27

New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 1809 Highball glass contains this clear, dark copper beer with half an inch of loose, beige head that lasts a few minutes. Slight spotty lace and a clean film are left on the glass.

This one has nut aromas with a fruity, sweet spice underneath. One will find dates, figs, some sherry and light grapefruit as it warms.

Caramel with some roasted notes and lots of raisin flavors. Black tea and wheat bread are nice additions. Bitterness is fair. Warmth allows this one to mellow.

Full bodied with alcohol, it is tame for its size. Carbonation is modest and soft and residual sugars are left behind.

Easy drinking with food, but also good with conversation.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:19:03 | More by SLeffler27
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a dirty brownish/orange with a 1 finger tan head. Thick lacing that resides quickly.

S- brown sugar, toffee, citrus and pine.

T- sweet toffee, toasted malts maybe some rye, citrus and bitter pine with slight spicy finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. This beer drinks amazingly! Abv is hidden well and has nice creamy, slightly chewy feel.

O- very good American Barleywine. This isn't a Wow beer but a very good, solid one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 04:19:30 | More by kawilliams81
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle (I believe this comes out in the Spring) shared with my dad: we both are having this in snifters:

A: dark amber/brown colored body leaves a nice one finger white foamy head that lasts for thirty seconds before gently dieing into the body. Barely any lacing is seen.

S: caramel up front with some nice wheatiness coming out slightly as the beer warms with a bit of subtle raisin.

T: malty and shows a bit of aggressiveness as it wants to cling to my mouth.

M: very heavy, for 9.3, no alcohol is felt, tasted or smelled - very impressive, no worries

O: I like this and would come back to it, perhaps fresher to see how balanced it may be.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good night!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 01:11:15 | More by BeerKangaroo
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

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

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Beautiful, deep amber color with ruby highlights. I got a finger of fluffy, white head. Surprising for the style, and it left some really nice lacing.

The smell is quite a nice mix of caramel and citrus. Wheat bread, with just a hint of sweetness coming from subtle raisin.

I can tell that the hops have fallen off a bit, but they're still very much present. Bitter citrus and pine are interestingly layered over a deep malty base. Well done, I'd like to try this in a vertical tasting someday. The mouthfeel is spot on as well. Thick and coating, but with a decent amount of carbonation to compliment the hops.

An interesting take on the style from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Looking forward to trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 06:07:40 | More by troysoy2
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warrenout330

Ohio

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A- pours a thick dark mahogany brown... reddish tint. Big white fluffy head... stays for minutes. Very sticky lacing to the glass...very sexy LOL

S- smells of a nice melody of figs, raisins, sweet dark fruits... sugary malt

T- again mimic's the smell but very well rounded and pronounced. Sweet ripened figs, dried raisins, sweet apricots.... earthy hop balance

M- thick and creamy... syrupy liquid... mild prickly carbonation... lingering bitterness and sweetness

O- I much prefer a englsih barely wine over American. But I bought these with the intent to age for awhile.... this has been laid done for about 8 months and has aged finely... I'm looking toward to the next 4 for many years... great barely wine from a somewhat local brewery....

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 08:07:25 | More by warrenout330
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Etan

Wisconsin

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

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark amber with a huge light tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of brown sugar, caramel, graham cracker, some mildly cidery hop notes.

T: Some earthy hop flavors, mild burnt caramel and multigrain bread, chocolate, light toffee and a bit of spice from the esters and alcohol.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied.

O: This is pretty nice - very drinkable and offers a nice balance between some hop notes and the malt/esters.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 22:58:57 | More by Etan
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle pours a deep murky maroon that is nearly candied dark brown. The head is surprisingly large and frothy with a maple-syrup-mixed-into-whipped-cream coloring to it. Lacing from the beer is sticky and web-like over the glass, leaving fat stalactites of foam on my snifter’s walls. The beer smells bitter and sweet, but surprisingly underwhelming, with notes of prickly alcohol and cloyingly sweet candied sugars and caramel assaulting the nose. Brown sugar is also present and enticing, evening out some of the harsher notes of the smell, though it really is a light smell overall. Faint hints of pine and citrus hops can be found, though this is a 2011 bottle of Flying Mouflan, so they have obviously died down a little. Slight bready notes can also be sensed in the edges of the smell, falling away into the sweet alcohol smell. As it warms up the phenol smells grow stronger. The beer tastes big and pleasant. The flavor profile is surprisingly simple, but actually quite tasty. The beer opens as caramelly bready before opening into sweet candied sugars and brown sugar before it transitions into a mixture of slight citrus and the honey-sweet malts. Eventually the beer makes a slow march to harsh aspirin bitters that pepper the tongue in an almost cloying way, though the sweet it not quite too much. Light notes of citrus and pine are also present, but very light. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, as a barleywine should be, moving over the tongue nicely and leaving it sticky but dry while the sides of the mouth wet themselves to try and manage the hoppy bitters. Overall, I think I like the Flying Mouflan. It’s different, and nowhere near as sweet as I was expecting it to be, which I actually like. I would love to try a fresher bottle and see how the juicy hops play with it, but as it stands it was a nice sipper with beautiful notes of brown sugar, though nothing too special. The drawback to this beer was definitely the aspirin bitters that assault the tongue in the close and aftertaste. I’m newer to the barleywine style, so I’m not quite sure how to judge this one on style, but on its own I think it is a nice beer with a little bit of a bitters problem. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to pass up either.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 00:41:20 | More by Maxwell
Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.